Community actions took place across the Arney, Blackwater and the Finn, where the project supported innovative approaches to Knowledge Exchange. These brought together those with long term visions of sustainable catchment management, whilst supporting projects that included different stakeholders such as farmers, anglers, community groups and local schools. This bottom-up approach took into account local needs, knowledge, experience, and instilled a further commitment of local communities to the protection of their local river systems, catchment and associated water bodies.
One of the main deliverables of the CatchmentCARE Project was to therefore to design, develop and deliver a bespoke ‘Community Incentive Scheme’ (CIS) which would support local capacity building and knowledge exchange. The scheme supported cross border ‘catchment improvement projects’ in the Arney; Blackwater and Finn catchments. 37 separate projects were successfully funded over two phases of the CIS.
Examples of the kind of projects supported in the CIS included practical water-quality improvement projects, education and awareness campaigns, access to loughs and rivers, volunteer training, specialised equipment, community river trails, bio-blitzes, citizen science projects and interpretation and signage.
To learn more about all of these projects, please click on the link below to download the 'CIS Legacy Document'
Our local rivers and river catchments are excellent resources for teaching young people about the need to protect our natural environment. CatchmentCARE developed and delivered a series of very successful Curriculum based Education programmes that helped young people across the 3 Catchments learn about their local rivers and inspired them to take action to protect them into the future.
These programmes were rolled out between 2019 – 2022 over three separate phases –
- A pilot education programme in 2019
- An online series of ‘River Education Videos (10 episodes) in 2020 & 2021
- A final ‘Education Roadshow’ in 2022
To learn more about the CatchmentCARE Education work with local school, please click on the link below to download the ‘EDUCATION LEGACY DOCUMENT’
Education Pilot Programme Catchment Videos
Arney Catchment - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOkxNkOAO4M&t=149s
Blackwater Catchment - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrhun6U7Pxg&t=4s
Finn Catchment (English) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ9gCDAJ4uw&t=27s
Finn Catchment (Irish) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H76Xsttecn0&t=2s
An introduction advert for ‘The River” can be viewed on our You Tube channel at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgLntTEUYsk&feature=youtu.be
There are five episodes in the SERIES 1 , each accompanied by a teacher’s pack and teacher notes. The programmes are linked to the NI curriculum at KS2 (P5 – P7) and the ROI curriculum (Classes 3, 4 and 5). The five episodes are as follows -
Episode 1 - “The River– Where it all begins” https://youtu.be/1ThVYoyF42c
Episode 2 - “How to build a river” https://youtu.be/Y1jBcBb2lvg
Episode 3 - “Creatures of the River” https://youtu.be/TRtHcrZDGto
Episode 4 - “The Magic Moving River” https://youtu.be/q5P4h7O5WCY
Episode 5 - “All my fault!” https://youtu.be/SRv2Ddu6W0U
There are five episodes in the SERIES 2, The five episodes are as follows -
Episode 1 "Tangled" https://youtu.be/RPcCx4WOOqY
Episode 2: "Wer RU" https://youtu.be/nlN0UdfES20
Episode 3 "EIEIO" https://youtu.be/z34Fbq2qDWo
Episode 4 "School Of Rocks" https://youtu.be/JgJS6BTuD8A
Episode 5: "Little Fishy" https://youtu.be/JODMLdDu1KA