RAFTS releases ‘Managing River Restoration’ library of guidance notes

In recognition of the varying levels of river restoration management experience in the sector, and also the number of alternative methods available for river restoration management, RAFTS is pleased to publish a series of guidance notes entitled ‘Managing River Restoration: Gearing Up For The Management of River Restoration’.

These documents will help to equip organisations with the necessary tools for the governance and management of river restoration projects, particularly those that utilise public funds.  These guidance notes are intended to promote good practice in this field and outline the procedural requirements that organisations should have in place before embarking on a river restoration project.

RAFTS will also be developing a programme of  activities/seminars to support the publication of these guidance notes later in 2016.

The guidance is focused on the management of projects rather than the practical measures that may be implemented on the ground to improve the health of rivers in Scotland.  The River Restoration Centre provides guidance on the techniques that can be used to restore rivers in the Manual of River Restoration Techniques such as restoring straightened rivers, reconnecting floodplains and barrier easement measures.  In addition, it may be that Wild Fisheries Reform introduces requirements for Fisheries Management Organisations (FMOs) and therefore it is important to be proactive as far as possible to increase capacity for project management and implementation across the network.

The information and guidance notes cover organisational and capacity requirements for the identification of projects, and their management from the development of the initial concept and gathering site survey information right through to the implementation of physical works, and the subsequent monitoring and evaluation of these projects. The notes are not intended to provide a definitive management guide but will provide organisations and their staff with a range of options for consideration, highlighting the essential requirements for them managing these types of projects and providing links to sources of guidance that can be referred to for further detail where appropriate.

The management of small and large scale projects in rural and urban environments is covered within the guidance. The notes are version controlled, and will be updated as necessary.

RAFTS would like to take this opportunity to thank Carina Agnew of Royal Haskoning DHV for her work in bringing these notes together.

To download the notes, please click on the relevant link below:

Introduction & Overview: click here

Guidance Note 1 – Project Planning and Set-Up: click here

Guidance Note 2 – Procurement: click here

Guidance Note 3 – Project Management: click here

Guidance Note 4 – Stakeholder Engagement: click here

Guidance Note 5 – Consents and Licenses: click here

Guidance Note 6 – Health and Safety: click here



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