CatchmentCARE Week - Community Engagement - Where the Rubber Meets the Road

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This webinar examines how CatchmentCARE has been inspiring local communities to take action to protect local rivers and other water bodies.

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Involving local communities in the work of CatchmentCARE is fundamental to the success of the project. In this seminar you will hear about the Community Incentive Scheme (CIS), which has helped fund 37 community led initiatives over the past two years and learn about what impact this work has had on helping to connect people to their local catchment and inspired them to take action to protect local rivers and other water bodies.

"Community Engagement - Where the Rubber Meets the Road" is one of six webinars organised as part of CatchmentCARE Week that explore integrated approaches to the protection, improvement and sustainable management of our water environment.

“Community Engagement - Where the Rubber Meets the Road” - Thursday 20 May 2021

9.30 Welcome from CCP - Marcus Malley (ABC)

9.35 Introduction from Session Chair Andy Griggs (ABC) - Assistant Project Manager and Education Officer

9.40 “Connecting Communities - A River Trust Experience” - Alan McCabe (CatchmentCARE Blackwater Projects Officer) ABC Council.

Alan will give an overview of the Trust’s work over the past few years detailing a range of projects that the Trust has undertaken in partnership work with CatchmentCARE. Alan will cover education progammes, the rollout and delivery of various CIS funded projects, farmer engagement in the Catchment, river works on Blackwater and an extensive community training programme.

Alan will focus on how CatchmentCare has allowed the Trust to widen its membership, volunteer involvement and how the legacy of this all fits together.

10.00 “Understanding the Karst system of the Arney” - Dr. Les Brown, Speleological Union of Ireland (SUI).

Dr. Les Brown will present an interesting talk on a water dye tracing project that recently took place in the Arney Catchment as part of the community incentive scheme.

Dr. Brown will show how the results of the research have practical applications through CatchmentCARE and how community engagement and involvement with cross border organisations has been encouraged through the work. He will also report on how the project contributed to the recent NI Science Festival.

10.20 Q&A

10.40 Wrap up/ Close Session - Session Chair, Andy Griggs

Speaker Profiles

Alan McCabe is the Blackwater Project’s Officer and previous Chairman of the RBCT. Alan has worked in ICT and telecommunications but has a huge interest and experience in river restoration works in the Mountain Water and Sliabh Beagh areas.

Dr. Les Brown is a hydrologist known for his extensive research of Cuilcagh Mountain; he is one of Ireland’s most important speleologists.

About CatchmentCARE

CatchmentCARE (Community Actions for Resilient Eco-systems) is an INTERREG VA EU-funded project which aims to improve freshwater quality in cross-border river basins across three cross-border catchments. This is being done through the development of three water quality improvement projects in the Finn, Blackwater and Arney catchments and the installation of 50 groundwater monitoring stations across the region to better understand groundwater in the cross-border catchments and the interaction between groundwater & surface water bodies.

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