The Ripple Effect: Integrated decision-making and sustainable finance to deliver improvements to our water environment at scale

Natural Course is hosting ‘The Ripple Effect’ conference on 30 – 31 January 2024 at the Clayton Hotel in Manchester.

Hear from people working to improve the water environment and explore the future direction and ambition that will ensure the health and resilience of rivers for the future.

This two day event aims to share the latest innovative projects investing in and improving the water environment, discuss future ambitions and what changes we need to make to realise them, and disseminate results and lessons learned from Natural Course.

To register for this event, please follow the links:

Day 1 – Tuesday 30 January: (opens in new tab)

Day 2 – Wednesday 31st January: (opens in new tab)


Day 1: Tuesday 30th January (9.30am)
Developing innovative approaches for integrated water management

  • Opening address
  • Introduction to Natural Course
  • Incorporating water into wider environmental decision making: recommendations
  • Integrated water management planning in Greater Manchester
  • North West Ecosystem Service Opportunity Mapping – Nature North
  • Taking a holistic landscape scale approach to water management –Water Resources East
  • Applying multi-sector planning and decision making with regards to water – Water Resources West
  • Panel discussion


Day 2: Wednesday 31st January (9.30am)
Mainstreaming sustainable finance, scaling up and achieving future ambitions for resilient rivers.

  • Opening address – Bruce Howard
  • Advancing sustainable finance: findings from Natural Course
  • A new financial model to fund nature-based solutions: learning from the Wyre and Glendermackin – The Rivers Trust
  • Scaling up finance for water and nature
  • Investing in landscape transformation: connecting the disconnected –North Star Transition
  • Investable opportunities for urban rivers in the North of England –Nature North (Healthy Northern Rivers)
  • The gold in the blue and green: economic, environmental and social regeneration through waterway and place renewal – Northern Place and Culture Partnership
  • Panel discussion