Participatory Catchment Planning

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere

In a partnership between the United Kingdom Commission for UNESCO and The University of Manchester funded by a British Academy Innovation Fellowship, we tested our the hands-on RoundView learning tools in community visioning workshops. 

During 2023, a series of sixteen engagement events and workshops were designed and delivered in a partnership on the river Nith, to collaboratively envision and think creatively towards a more sustainable future for the local environment and surrounding communities.

The Partners were: Nith Life, a grassroots, community-led group, the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, and the Stove Network. The aim was to engage with communities and stakeholders along the length of the river, to create a vision for a sustainable future River Nith. 

Feedback has been very positive and there is enthusiasm to continue and extend this work—in more contexts, and with more key stakeholders and community members. The ideas in this report represent the seed of a truly shared vision and strategy, with the process potentially marking a new phase in the cross-sectoral, cross-agency co-production with the community that will be needed in for transformation towards systems that work equally well for nature and people.

The three things that are the root of all environmental/climate issues was a very useful way to approach it. Very clever.

I was surprised how difficult the challenge was – not just thinking about what was relevant, but thinking about what was most fundamental.
We needed the RoundView to bring it back together, otherwise it would have just been some visioning not connected. it did make people think differently and develop some new ideas. 

Feedback from participants in the workshops.

You can download results from the workshops ran in 2023.