Eddleston Water Project Aims

The main aims of the Project are to investigate the possibility of reducing the risk of flooding to the communities of Eddleston and Peebles by restoring some of the original natural features of the catchment; work with landowners and communities in the Eddleston valley to maximise the benefits they would gain from such work, while maintaining the profitability of local farms; and improve the river habitat for wildlife and fisheries.

World Water Congress delegates visiting the Eddleston catchmentWe are committed to sharing the outcomes of the project with interested parties and are continually disseminating information about our activities to a wide range of audiences including academics, policy makers, farmers and farm advisers, NGOs, local authorities throughout Scotland, schools and the general public.  For example, project partners have met with local community councils and attended many agricultural shows around Scotland. 50 delegates (from Japan, Philippines, Mexico, USA, Canada and Italy) attending the 2015 World Water Congress in Edinburgh visited several sites in the Eddleston catchment.  Also, presentations, papers, field visits and workshops have been given to, for example, the British Hydrological Society, SNIFFER Scottish Government flood conferences, Swedish West Gottland EPA, Danish Gudenna River Committee, the RELU Managing Borderlands Project, Insight Catchment Exchange and the UNESCO HELP conference.

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