We are the Dales to Vale River Network. The catchment partnership for the Swale, Ure, Nidd, Ouse, and Wharfe.
Formed in 2013, we bring together local people, communities, organisations, charities, and businesses to make decisions on managing our riverine ecosystems, turning our collective vision and plans into action on the ground. Through working in partnership, we strive to ensure that the river environments of our catchments are thriving and supporting biodiversity, as well the needs and well-being of communities, now and in the future.
Connecting with a wide range of partner organisations, charities and businesses, collaborating at scale means we can level-up positive environmental change for our rivers.
As a Catchment Partnership, the DVRN works to principles of
- Using an ecosystem based, whole catchment approach.
- Engaging at catchment level, with active involvement of all interested parties, including the local community.
- Drawing on the high quality data, knowledge, experience, and aspirations of all interested parties so as to drive a much fuller range of measures (hitherto, narrow reliance on EA monitoring data had produced insufficient evidence to justify action).
- Developing high quality citizen science to improve the knowledge base and drive more actions.
- Linking up with other partnerships and groupings (e.g Local Nature Partnerships, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Nature Recovery Networks, Championing the Farmed Environment) and organisations (National Parks, AONBs, water companies, local authorities in relation to both planning and flood risk management).
- Identifying and pursuing possible benefits (e.g. for wildlife and habitats, natural flood management, access and recreation, etc) that will flow from any intended intervention, to maximise economic benefits, possible funding sources and the amount of interventions realisable.
- Prioritising projects that provide the biggest range of benefits and therefore maximise possible funding sources.
- Generally, delivering outcomes over and above what the EA can deliver alone.
- Setting out all relevant measures and proposed measures in a collectively-owned catchment.