Understanding and Activing Wtihin Loweswater: A community approach to cathment management
Department of Sociology, Bowland North, Lancaster University, LA1 4YD, UK
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Aims and Objectives

The three-year Rural Economy and Land-Use programe (RELU) funded project 'Understanding and Acting in Loweswater - a Community Approach to Catchment Management' had 3 main objectives:

  1. The creation of a mechanism that would enable community-stakeholder and institutional-stakeholder-involved decision making. The objective of this mechanism was to provide the basis for long-term ecological, economic and social sustainability within the Loweswater catchment. Initially referred to as the Loweswater Knowledge Collective or LKC, the LKC was renamed by participants as The Loweswater Care Project in 2008.
  2. To carry out high quality interdisciplinary research in order to produce a catchment knowledge-base to inform decision-making. This included research on the ecology of land and water (including fish) in the catchment and studies of institutional regulation and management affecting Loweswater.
  3. Research and analysis into the 'transferability' of the approach proposed. The research aim here was to see whether the way that we brought together local people, institutional stakeholders and researchers of different disciplines was beneficial and if so, if this approach could be used elsewhere, at other scales, and for different types of problems.

Lancaster University


Rural Economy and Land Use


Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

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