RESULTS FROM THE EVENT
We were delighted that over 140 people registered for the event and over 120 people attended. We had 30 ‘resilience champions’ who presented on the day and dozens more who were unable to attend. We also had 6 fantastic exhibits on the day, which were all well received…
We were also deluged with over 160 brilliant questions, concerns, observations and suggestions on the day. Once they are all typed up, we will go through them, formulate a response to each and every one of them and share this compendium of information back with you…watch this space….
COMMUNITY WATER RESILIENCE HUB AND LIBRARY
Taking inspiration from the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan, for which they have co-designed a ‘community kiosk’ that will serve as an information hub about climate change called the +SPACE Manhattanville Community Hub , a Community Water Resilience Hub has been constructed. This takes the form of a geodesic dome and will be used to take the conversation about climate change adaptation, water resilience and community resilience out into local neighbourhoods across the South West over the coming months and years.
The Hub was launched officially at the Water Resilience Summit and several requests were received for it to be used in communities seeking to start a conversation about climate resilience and adaptation (delayed by the COVID-19 crisis).
The Hub’s tour of the region is to be supported with funding from Westcountry Rivers Trust projects, such as PROWATER, Sponge 2020 and Plymouth River Keepers, but the plan is for it to be financially supported by the newly created Community Water Resilience Fund which will be used to support the ongoing community engagement approach initiated after the Summit.
The Hub has also been designed to house the Watertight Community Water Resilience Library (which is also being launched as a virtual online resource following the COVID-19 crisis). The aim is for the Hub and Library to be a welcoming space where people can find information, strike up conversations, meet other members of their community and receive support relating to climate change pressures particularly in relation to water resources issues. The space will be kitted out with books, leaflets, and ‘furniture’ to create the ambience of a private library. The library will be use at a wide array of Westcountry Rivers Trust-hosted and external public events.
WATER RESILIENT COMMUNITIES FUND
The Community Water Resilience Fund has been established to initiate and facilitate an ongoing open, honest and inclusive conversation about water resilience in the South West. The Fund will help create a forum for the exchange of information and for the provision of emotional and practical inspiration, guidance, support, etc. It will also support the further development and deployment of the Community Water Resilience Hub in communities across the region.
Fundraising began at the Water Resilience Summit and has continued via a number of activities since. The fund has also received some donations from other aligned Westcountry Rivers Trust projects, which are co-financing the WaterTight campaign.