Water Taskforce Strategy 2019-2022: a vision for responsible business

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Water Taskforce is a cross-sectoral group with members from the water, engineering, design, retail, construction, government sectors. The group convenes to collaborate around shared problems on water and the natural environment. Water Taskforce Strategy 2019-2022: A Vision For Responsible Business sets out their ambitions over a three year period.

By working collaboratively, the Water Taskforce can deliver increased resilience of urban and rural landscapes, that protect natural assets, support wellbeing and help climate proof community and business assets. The Water Taskforce programme has three pillars of work: healthy ecosystems, resilient places and circular economy of water. In the last three years, the work of the Water Taskforce has leveraged £0.5million towards collaborative campaigns such as healthy ecosystems, fats, oils and grease (FOGs) and sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). These projects have addressed challenging environmental issues that impact across sectors. Through action research the Water Taskforce projects have identified that cross cutting themes such as innovative financing mechanisms, digital and skills are integral to overcoming environmental challenges that will achieve positive social change.

The Water Taskforce helps deliver the work of the BITC environment strategy alongside the Circular Economy Taskforce and Net Zero Carbon Taskforce, through providing leadership and insight, producing outcomes capable of making national and global impact on the Global Goals (also known as the sustainable development goals or SDGs), and using its collaborative powers to make a difference, particularly in relation to key water and infrastructure challenges.

Water Resilient Cities: The Business Case For Investing In Water Resilience In Greater Manchester examines the impact of retrofitting sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) at sites in Greater Manchester, finding that it could create new green and blue spaces and save money.

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