Tweed Forum Gains UNESCO Recognition

Tweed Forum is now a member of the UNESCO HELP programme. HELP recognised the “standard-setting” work of the Forum and particularly the Catchment Management Planning Initiative, which has the aim of protecting, enhancing and restoring the total river environment. The idea behind the HELP programme (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy) is to improve communication between scientists, stakeholders, managers, law and policy experts and to also make sure that best practice is shared with other catchments around the world. You can find out more at the HELP site.


Tweed Forum, the conservation body working to protect the Tweed and its tributaries, has been awarded UNESCO recognition for its work in the Tweed catchment.


The UNESCO-HELP programme has, this month, recognised the “standard-setting” work of Tweed Forum and particularly the Catchment Management Planning Initiative, which has the aim of protecting, enhancing and restoring the total river environment.


The idea behind the HELP programme (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy) is to improve communication between scientists, stakeholders, managers, law and policy experts and to also make sure that best practice is shared with other catchments around the world.


Luke Comins, Manager of Tweed Forum said „Representatives of the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science based at Dundee University approached us last year to see if we were interested in applying for membership as an exemplar of best practice?


Professor Shahbaz Khan, Global Co-ordinator for the HELP programme, has stated that Tweed Forum “can be considered a model for other[s]” in “setting a standard for Scotland and the UK”.


Dr Sarah Hendry, who sits on the UNESCO Evaluation Committee added „An international committee met in Ecuador in January to consider applications. This group of international experts were delighted to accept the application from the Tweed basin, which is working within all of the programme?s key areas. The committee recognised that the Tweed Forum was already operating under the HELP philosophy by championing integrated water resource management in the Tweed catchment. The Tweed can provide much in the way of good practice to other HELP basins.”


Luke Comins added „We are naturally delighted to have this acknowledgement from such a respected body as UNESCO. This is a testament to the hard work of the Forum and its members over the last decade. Our emphasis has always been on facilitating action on the ground but we have also been keen that the lessons learnt by land managers and professionals working at the coal face gets fed back up into the policy level. Effectively, this is what the HELP programme is about – ensuring that policy makers have the right information to help make the right decisions??



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