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'Rivers run wild for WWF Scotland'

WWF Scotland's pioneering wild rivers initiative was described as really fantastic by the judges. This innovative river management project was designed to raise the profile of river management and its significance to Scotland.

In the mid 1990s, when the project was first being discussed, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency was only just beginning to seriously address the habitat quality of rivers. Early results indicated that some 90 per cent of Scotland's floodplains have been altered, either drained for agriculture or used for housing or landfill.

In response, Wild Rivers actively promoted restoring the natural features of Scotland's rivers; these improve water quality and create richer habitats, a healthier environment, and more economically productive and sustainable resources such as native timber and fish stocks. The project's results were groundbreaking and secured significant, environmentally beneficial changes in policy, practice and legislation, including the Water Environment Water Services (Scotland) Act.

We achieved changes that will have an important effect right across the country, says Elizabeth Leighton, senior policy officer. Other European countries are looking at our work as a successful model. We're ahead of the game, not only in legislation but in the educational system we have put together.

Simon Pepper 
Chief executive 
8 The Square
Aberfeldy
Ph25 2DD
01887 820 449
Reg no. 1081247
www.wwf.org.uk/scotland

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