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Blueprint for Water

Blueprint for Water seeks to restore the ecology of the UK’s rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands by seeking improvements to water policy at an England level. The coalition campaigns for the five goals to sustainable water.

Chair: Ian Hepburn, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Vice-Chair: Ali Morse, The Wildlife Trusts
Link: Jodie Le Marquand, Information and Policy Coordinator

Update from the group:

The month, the group published their response to Defra’s water consumption consultation. Campaigning for lower per capita consumption targets continues to be a priority for the group. Blueprint for Water are contributing to wider Link and Greener UK work on the Environment Bill and have listed water consumption as one of their main asks for the second reading of the Bill.

In October, the group published their response to Defra’s water consumption consultation. Campaigning for lower per capita consumption targets continues to be a priority for the group and this month members engaged with Defra through workshops, delving deeper into the evidence provided in our response. Blueprint for Water are contributing to wider Link and Greener UK work on the Environment Bill and have listed water consumption as one of their main asks for the second reading of the Bill.

The Group continues to engage with water companies, Ofwat and environment agency, in light of draft determinations for PR19 being published in July. It also continues conversations with Defra and other relevant bodies on abstraction reform and is encouraging Defra to incorporate long-term strategies to ensure sustainability into the future. In March, Link’s Blueprint for Water group, responded to Defra’s consultation on Improving our Management of Water in the environment. In June, Blueprint Chairs sent a briefing to Customer Challenge Groups, encouraging them to keep the water environment at the heart of what they stand for.

Further to earlier work with water companies, such as the Group’s environment scorecard and shared principles campaign, the Blueprint group is keen to progress with tangible projects, particularly those which inform future policy or improve resilience. In June, Blueprint eNGOs started work on the joint ‘Naturally Resilient’ project, with a number of companies and regulators looking at the interplay between environmental resilience and resilience within the water sector. This project will continue into early 2020 and the Group will use this research and final report to continue work highlighting the importance of resilience across sectors.

The Group continues to work with both the 25 Year Plan and Agriculture Working Groups to ensure water is prioritised within legislation.

For further information, contact Jodie Le Marquand, Link’s Information and Policy Coordinator.

Last updated: 2 December 2019

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