Blueprint for Water, first launched in 2006, is a group of likeminded organisations with a bold plan: to revolutionise the way water is managed in England for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Water matters: it is integral to our lives for drinking, health and recreation, as well as integral to the lives of all plants and animals. All waters and wetlands, from our ponds and rivers to our seas should be alive with the splashing, buzzing and croaking of flourishing wildlife. By working together and managing our water more effectively, we can ensure a future full of wildlife-rich places that everyone can explore and enjoy.
Working together for a better future
We are a coalition of 16 environmental, water efficiency and fisheries organisations, brought together by Wildlife and Countryside Link. Together with our members and supporters we form a dedicated movement of over six million people.
All of us are passionate about the health of our rivers, beaches, ponds, estuaries and other wild places. We are working to understand the problems facing our water environments and to develop solutions to those problems. We collaborate with Government, water companies, regulators, scientists and other civil society groups to provide sound, evidence-based policy advice.
Our previous work has included the publication of two ‘Blueprints for Water’, in 2006 and 2010, which have described the steps needed to achieve a sustainable water environment. Additionally, in 2015 we published Water Matters, outlining our five goals for water: Use water wisely; Stop pollution in our waters; Manage floods for people and wildlife; Create, protect and restore places for wildlife; and Join up water management. But, more action is needed, which is why we continue to work with those mentioned above to secure healthier water environments.
Your place in Blueprint for Water
The current Chair of the Blueprint is Hannah Freeman, from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and our Vice Chair is Hannah Blackburn, from WWF-UK.