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RD 1.2.4 Effectiveness of water management

RD 1.2.4 Effectiveness of water management

This project contains several strands of research that focus on how can enable and implement improvements in water management.  It draws on a mixture of disciplinary skills and expertises, particularly the social sciences.  Contact Kerry Waylen for more information about this work.

There are currently three ongoing projects:

  • Exploring how to integrate goals for water management. This project aims to understand more about the challenges of integration of these two policies, and how and when these issues may be overcome.It first learned from early experiences of implementing the two directives across Europe, and currently is focusing if and how catchment partnerships may assist in integrating goals.
  • Developing a Facilitated Outcome-based Land Management (FOLM) web application This project aims to develop an outcome-based approach to aid land manager decisions about benefits of agri-environment measures.
  • Developing guidance and reviewing spatial analysis tools for Natural Flood Management (NFM). This project is focused on working with stakeholders to share evidence and tools in order to build understanding of NFM and improve the ability to consider it when planning new interventions.  Its website is

One project has already completed:

  • Analysing the efficacy of farmer visits  This project assessed the efficacy of farmer visits in changing behaviour in priority catchments, based on SEPA's data collected during past visits. This project completed in mid 2017.

In addition we have strong links with the following projects:

Project Information
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Active Project
SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research InstitutesSEFARI is the collective of six Scottish world-leading Research Institutes working across the spectrum of environment, land, food, agriculture and communities – all topics which affect how we live our lives, in Scotland and beyond.


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