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The UK’s first LIFE integrated project bid secured

The Environment Agency, as lead partner, has successfully secured the UK’s first LIFE integrated project bid. 

This €20m project aims to integrate water management approaches to deliver the North West England River Basin Management Plan.

In particular, the project will address barriers holding back the achievement of “good” ecological status for the region’s water bodies, as required by the Water Framework Directive.

“We are absolutely delighted to have secured the funds for this exciting project in the North West of England," said Keith Ashcroft, Project Sponsor from the Environment Agency.

"The project will run over 10 years and aims to promote more innovative solutions leading to improvements in water quality, flood risk management and the natural environment in the North West.

"While huge improvements have been made to our rivers and streams over the past 30 years, one third of the poorest quality rivers in England and Wales are currently found in our region.

"We are looking forward to working with our project partners United Utilities, Natural England, Rivers Trust and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA)  to deliver a better environment for communities in the North West.”

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Main Image: The River Irwell from Flickr user Pimlico Badger.

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