Project update – using Local Nature Recovery Strategies to deliver Water Framework Directive

  • Case study developed in the lower River Bollin and Sinderland Brook catchment now online.

This project took a holistic and place-based approach to look at potential interventions that deliver multiple benefits, integrating water quality and quantity improvements into habitat quality and connectivity. It developed guidance on how to use Local Nature Recovery Strategies and associated tools to effectively deliver Water Framework Directive benefits alongside those for nature recovery. It sought to do this through demonstrating how to take strategic objectives through to project delivery.

The River Bollin and neighbouring areas were selected as the study area due to a range of water quality issues that have been identified there, together with the strong interest from partners on improving both water quality and biodiversity.

The case study, commissioned to AECOM and supported by the Natural Course partners, delivered a recommended methodology on how to embed the water environment into nature recovery strategies. It also provided a high-level assessment for each of the 20 nature-based solutions selected across the study area – including estimates in design and construction, contingency and risk, maintenance costs, natural capital benefits and biodiversity net gain.

Petula Neilson from Natural England said…

“This has been a useful project to help inform how we can support Responsible Authorities in considering the water environment within their Local Nature Recovery Strategies and will provide a methodology for how to translate future projects from strategy to delivery on the ground.”


The full report can be found here (opens in new tab)