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.