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UNESCO meets URSULA Posted: 08/06/2009

A typical showery blustery day in Sheffield, stood overlooking a weir in the River Don, sandwiched between steelworks and a large expanse of brownfield land, provided an evocative backdrop as URSULA researchers introduced visitors from UNESCO to Sheffield’s urban rivers and the work of the URSULA project. The visit was arranged especially for UNESCO to get a feel for the Don Catchment following a successful proposal by the University of Sheffield’s Catchment Science Centre (CSC) for the River Don catchment to join the UNESCO’s Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) initiative, joining other HELP catchments around the world including the Blue Nile in Sudan and Ethiopia and the Tarim Basin in China.  

The HELP Basins Evaluation Committee met in Guayaquil, Ecuador in late January to assess all proposals and the Don was been accepted as a new HELP Basin. The committee was particularly pleased to have an application from a post-industrial urban basin and acknowledged the good science already taking place through the CSC and the URSULA project. The HELP network will give CSC researchers access to good practice elsewhere in the world where Integrated Catchment Management is emerging or developing.

 Here the guests from UNESCO and members from the CSC stand on a bridge over the Don at Millhouse Green

Above CSC researcher Tristan Ibrahim (red jumper) introduces the group to the site of his field work; the Don at Millhouse Green.

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