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This is one of our earliest set of projects; the original proposal and the outcome achieved for each one is described on the pages below. The overarching project that brought them together was known as the East Suffolk Watershed Initiative. It concluded in 2016, however there is still scope to revisit and build upon what was achieved.

East Suffolk Watershed Initiative (ESWI)

The Partnership worked to secure funding to carry out this ambitious suite of projects which were designed to address the two most problematic issues within the East Suffolk Catchments; diffuse agricultural pollution and the impacts of in-channel man-made structures, including historic river engineering works.

The projects were identified with the help of the ecosystem services opportunity maps and developed following extensive consultation within the partnership.  They all addressed issued identified by the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and were aligned to WFD objectives. They were delivered alongside other catchment initiatives such as the Suffolk Holistic Water Management Project, to maximise benefits and reduce cost. The delivery took the form of landowner engagement, farm advice visits, river restoration and flood plain improvements. The projects were completed in the Upper and Mid Deben, Bramford, Shottisham and Butley Creek and funded by Defra's Catchment Partnership Action Fund.

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