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Catchment Change Network Final Report  

The Catchment Change Network had the aim of enabling the exchange of knowledge between the NERC research base and science user community to understand and manage uncertainty and risk related to water scarcity, flood risk and diffuse pollution management.   It did this through an internet based network and web site, workshops and training events, and annual meetings for network members, including a final international meeting.  The success of CCN has led to the continuation of the project as the Catchment Change Management Hub (). The Catchment Change Network Knowledge Exchange Project Final Report including outputs is now available.

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Stakeholders, next generation models, and risk in managing catchment change was held at Lancaster University from 25th June – 27th June 2012

Over the last three years the Catchment Change Network (CCN) has organised a programme of workshops and meetings to discuss and develop guidelines for incorporating risk and uncertainty into the management of catchment change in the areas of flood risk, water scarcity and diffuse pollution. This final international conference presented the progress made in CCN and other projects during this time. A particular focus was on the research needs in both modelling the impacts of change at scales of implementation and on stakeholder involvement in the management process.

The conference brought together over 70 delegates from academic, commercial, regulatory and NGO sectors for three days of inspirational presentations and lively discussions and was followed immediately by the  24-hour celebratory workshop GLUE: 20 years on.  The full programme including abstracts, delegate list, photographs and speaker presentations are now available to view on the CCN Conference Series web page.

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Water Demand Management in a Changing Climate:  CCN  Workshop held in Birmingham on February 1st 2011. The event explored facets of demand management as a key variable in the twin-track approach to water security. The day was free to attend with support from CCN. 

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Flood Risk Assessment and Brownfield Regeneration:   Workshop held at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) on February 15th 2011 in conjunction with the North West Brownfield Regeneration Forum. It will give an overview of the impact and new duties associated with the Flood and Water Management Act and explore the topic from a variety of practitioner perspectives. The day was free to attend with support from CCN.

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Exploring Diffuse Pollution in the Landscape: New initiatives and opportunities: Phil Haygarth led a Knowledge Exchange event at LEC in early March 2011 for staff at the North East Region of the England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative (ECSFDI). If you’d like to explore setting-up a similar initiative, please .

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Lancaster exchanges diffuse pollution knowledge across China: Maria-Fernanda Aller (LEC), Phil Haygarth (LEC) and Roger Pickup (School of Health and Medicine) travelled to China last week (November 2010) to attend several events that focussed on diffuse pollution, water   contamination and antibiotic resistance as part of the UK China Bridge project. The team are developing Anglo-Sino links in the area of eutrophication, lake restoration and catchment science.

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CCN Annual Conference – Tuesday 6th July 2010: The first CCN Annual Conference took forward the debate around catchment management in an uncertain future and explored challenges and opportunities for research. It summarised key elements of the CCN ongoing Workshop Programme across flood risk, water scarcity and water quality and outlined progress on the guidance documentation that each of these areas are producing. More details are available on our

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The Catchment Change Network (CCN) held a successful workshop on ‘Water Resources Management in a Changing Climate’ on February 10th 2010. Led by Enda O’Connell (Newcastle University) and Adrian MacDonald (Leeds University) the workshop explored methods for using the UKCP09 future climate scenarios in water resources assessment and mechanisms for transferring this knowledge to water companies so that they can update their water resources assessments using the best available science. 

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Two successful workshops were recently held by the Catchment Change Network at the Lancaster Environment Centre looking at 1)  ‘uncertainty and flood mapping’ and 2) ‘water quality and diffuse pollution’.  

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A consortium including staff from LEC, together with others including the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Cumbria and the Eden Rivers Trust have been successful in a bid to Defra to develop a new National Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) on the River Eden. The project, worth nearly £2 million is led by Professor Phil Haygarth and Dr David Oliver and will run initially until March 2014.  For every one, the snap this link right now teachers discuss academic strengths and weaknesses as well as social issues