We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Environmental wellbeing

Waterways have a role to play in building energy and environmental resilience, and supporting transition to low carbon economy.

Should your plan consider:

  • supporting the protection, conservation and enhancement of the waterways biodiversity, including waterway-related habitats and protected species, both fauna and flora
  • promoting waterways and towpaths as an integral part of the green infrastructure and open space network
  • promoting the use of waterways, towpaths and their environs as sustainable transport and recreational routes for walking and cycling
  • encouraging the transfer of freight from roads to waterborne transport where practical, economic and environmentally desirable
  • supporting the protection, conservation and enhancement of waterways as a water resource, including improving water quality, managing land drainage, and avoiding, reducing and managing flood risk
  • promoting the use of waterways as a renewable energy resource – eg. using canal and dock water for heating and cooling buildings, the use of waterways and their environs for urban cooling, onshore hydropower and improving air quality

Last date edited: 12 July 2017