Above: Slow-soak sapling watering in a public park in Seattle, Washington.



Have you become concerned by news of large-scale biodiversity loss, escalating climate change impacts and ecosystem failure? If you drink water (and wash, clean, dilute, swim, sail, fish, grow food or supply water) join us for a day of learning and dialogue about water resilience.

CONFIRMED SPEAKER: Dr. Nick Paling from Westcountry Rivers Trust:
“How water resilient is Devon now and what can we do to improve it…?”

Free, open to all – THURSDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 10am-4pm @ Totnes Civic Hall

  • Explore what water-resilience (and non-resilience) means for people, communities, businesses and the environment in Devon and the South West over the next 20 years.
  • Hear inspiring stories from a number of local ‘resilience champions’ about the impacts and challenges they are facing and the actions they are taking to overcome them.
  • Be inspired and empowered to join the growing group of people working to make Devon more resilient to the threats we face, both now and in the future.

The 2019 Water Resilience Summit is open to all and will be a day of action-orientated discussions, learning and planning with stakeholders from across the South West exploring how our local water environments (river catchments, wetlands, lakes, estuaries, coastal and marine) provide us all with benefits, everyday.

REGISTER YOUR FREE PLACE NOW Reservation of places is encouraged.

On the day you will be able to:

  1. Discover how the health of the water environment effects all of our lives and about the work being undertaken to determine how resilient it, people, communities and businesses are to the challenges we face now and in the future. 

  2. Meet the people and organisations already working to increase the resilience of our local environment and hear inspiring stories from an array of local ‘resilience champions’.
  3. Learn first-hand about the issues and challenges we are facing, the actions they are taking to overcome them and be empowered to begin taking action yourself to become more resilient in the future.

Contact Nick Paling at Westcountry Rivers Trust on 01572 372140 if you work in the water industry and would like to showcase the work you have done and are still doing to make the water environments of the South West more resilient.


Climate projections for the 2 Seas area point towards drier and warmer summers with more extreme and concentrated precipitation events in the form of summer storms. This could result in a higher demand for water production.

The cross-border project PROWATER stands for ‘protecting and restoring raw water sources through actions at the landscape scale’, and contributes to climate adaptation by restoring the water storage of the landscape via ‘ecosystem-based adaptation measures’. Examples of this are forest conversion, natural water retention or restoration of soil compaction.

These interventions increase resilience against droughts and floods and benefit water quality and biodiversity. During the next years project partners in Flanders, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom will carry out various exemplary projects on site and will showcase them to the public.