iCASP is an ambitious and exciting programme to generate benefits for Yorkshire by applying environmental science to catchment challenges.
Our base is the Yorkshire Ouse Drainage Basin, home to 6.7% of the UK population, 30% of the Northern Powerhouse region, including 10 Metropolitan Boroughs, and covering a third of the land area of Northern England. It contains the catchments of the following rivers: Aire, Calder, Derwent, Don, Nidd, Ouse, Swale, Ure, Wharfe.
Why are we here?
This catchment area is facing some complex and costly challenges: flooding and drought, soil and water degradation, loss of agriculturally productive land and important ecosystems.
However, there are also high levels of regional investment – in cities such as Leeds with development of the South Bank and a new flood alleviation scheme, and in programmes of natural flood management and peatland restoration in upland areas.
These kinds of programmes provide opportunities to use existing environmental science to address specific knowledge needs and leverage a better return on investment. We are confident we can help to deliver multiple benefits by working with catchment-wide partnerships taking an integrated water and land management approach.
The learning from this approach will be shared with other catchments in the UK and internationally.