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3.0. STRATEGIC  REVIEW   The  partnership  has  carried  out  a  strategic  review  of  the  catchment,  using  a  multi-­‐tiered  approach,   which  builds  upon  crucial  evidence  provided  by  stakeholders  at  a  series  of  stakeholder  workshops.   The  additional  evidence  used  to  supplement  the  views  and  opinions  of  local  stakeholders,  includes   information  on  designated  sites,  Environment  Agency  data  from  monitoring  and  reporting  under  the   Water  Framework  Directive,  as  well  as  various  plans,  strategies,  projects  from  across  the  catchment.   3.1.  Stakeholder  Engagement     To   develop   this   stakeholder   led   Catchment   Action   Plan,   the   Partnership   sought   to   engage   key   stakeholders   in   the   catchment   to   share   their   views   and   priorities   regarding   potential   issues   and   actions  for  delivering  improvements.   In   November   2013,   the   Partnership   circulated   an   invitation   to   over   90   stakeholders   in   the   catchment,   inviting   them   to   attend   an   inaugural   Stakeholder   Group   meeting   for   the   Test   &   Itchen   Catchment  Partnership.   The  meeting  took  place  at  Sparsholt  College  on  5th  December  2013  and  was  attended  by  a  range  of   stakeholders,  including  local  businesses,  councils,  water  companies,  landowners,  fisheries  managers,   government  organisations  and  NGOs.     Following  the  inaugural  meeting,  a  number  of  workshops  were  held  for  individual  stakeholder  sub   groups,  including  Local  Authorities,  Agriculture,  Watercress  and  Fish  Farming.  The  workshops  helped   identify   existing   work   being   carried   out   in   the   catchment   and   also   helped   establish   priority   issues   and  stakeholder  aspirations  for  delivering  environmental  improvements.   An   additional   workshop   was   proposed   for   a   ‘Riparian   Owner   /   Angling’   sub   group   but   following   recent   stakeholder   consultation,   through   the   Test   &   Itchen   River   Restoration   Strategy,   it   was   considered   that   further   engagement   would   be   unnecessary   duplication   and   that   it   would   be   more   appropriate  for  the  Partnership  to  seek  to  support  delivery  of  the  Restoration  Strategy.     The   engagement   process   undertaken   as   part   of   the   Test   &   Itchen   River   Restoration  Strategy   (RRS)   included  ad  hoc  initial  site  visits  in  October  2012,  a  consultation  evening  in  November  2012,  which   was  attended  by  60  stakeholders,  and  a  second  consultation  evening  in  March  2013.     The   partnership   has   focused   stakeholder   engagement   around   key   organisations   and   individuals   with   direct   links   to   the   Test   &   Itchen   Rivers.   This   approach   has   been   taken   because   key   regulatory   priorities  for  the  Test  &  Itchen  catchment  are  closely  linked  to  the  nature  conservation  status  and   wider  benefits  of  the  waterways  as  SSSI  (and,  in  the  case  of  the  Itchen,  SAC)  rivers.  We  recognise  the   importance   of   working   closely   with   the   key   landowners   and   stakeholders   whose   actions   and   operations   can   impact,   both   positively   and   negatively,   the   conservation   status   of   the   protected   rivers.  We  also  recognise  that  the  requirements  of  the  nature  conservation  legislation,  as  well  as  the   nature  of  the  ownership  of  the  rivers  and  floodplains,  (the  rivers  are  primarily  privately  owned  and   managed,   and   have   limited   public   access),   places   constraints   upon   the   kind   of   activities   the   partnership   may   wish   to   promote.   Clearly,   the   generation   of   improvements   requires   collaborative   actions  with  river  owners/managers.  


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