A river catchment is an area with several, often inter-connected, water bodies (rivers, lakes, groundwater and coastal waters). Many of the problems facing our water environments are best understood and tackled at a catchment level. All our work will be planned and delivered in a way that takes account of the interconnected nature of the ecosystems working across and within river catchments. In this way we hope to be able to ensure our work is focused in the right place and has the desired effect. It is a challenge to work in this way as it can mean difficult decisions have to be made as to what can be done and where, but we are confident it is the right approach and will lead to longer term improvements and sustained change in our local environment.

The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have recognised the importance of working at a catchment scale and have established support for new groups of organisations to build catchment partnerships at a local level. ESRT are proud to host the East Suffolk Catchments Partnership (ESCP) and be active partners in both the Essex Rivers Hub and South Essex Catchment Partnerships. The groups will operate across groups of river catchments (termed ‘Management Catchments’ by the Environment Agency). The river catchments in the three areas in Essex and Suffolk are shown above on the map.

For more information on the ESCP which is hosted by us, and the other catchment partnerships we are involved in, explore the links below.