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National pilot

Piloting adaptive pathways

At the moment, traditional approaches to managing too much or too little water consider what investment is needed now in order to manage predicted future risks. Whilst this approach enables us to manage risk upfront, it doesn’t always allow us to consider how risks associated with changes to the climate and growth will alter over time, and therefore when different decisions are needed to respond appropriately.

In taking a long-term and innovative approach, the River Severn Partnership has been identified as one of four national pilots to develop an Adaptive Pathways Plan. Using evidence, this work will consider and map out the most appropriate pathway for making decisions on a suite of different interventions across the partnership area, which are flexible to adapt to changing circumstances. The aim is to develop a plan which allows for:

  • delivery of the most sustainable outcomes that provide the optimum benefit for people and places
  • investments in water management that are planned out over time and with the right collective support
  • a flexible approach to adapt to changing needs and priorities

Find out more from our 'The different components of resilience' infographic.