The WRE Leadership Group met today (23 May 2016) to discuss the factors that will be considered for the technical work. The multi-sector group discussed the potential trade-offs between sectors that could protect the reliability of water supplies and the outcomes they would collectively like to achieve through WRE.
Partners from industries including water, energy, agriculture, land management, retail, food production, regulators and environmental management came together in Central London to examine the risks that each sector faces at times of water shortage and potential trade-offs that could manage these risks. The group also looked at the range of outcomes that all organisations would like to collectively achieve.
The information gathered at the workshop will feed into the technical work, looking at a huge range of potential future scenarios and modelling partnership approaches that will be most likely to offer safe, reliable future water supplies for the environment, communities and the economy.
Henry Cator OBE DL, independent Chair of the WRE Leadership group, said, “Collaboration is the only way that we will deal with the challenges we all face in the East; we all know we cannot continue to work in traditional ways if our region is to reach its full future potential. Today was a great step forward for WRE and we all look forward to seeing the outcomes of this work.”
The information gathered from partners at the workshop will feed into the technical work, which will be carried out by leading consultants in the field and is due for completion in spring 2017.