This paper contains useful pointers about communicating with users and policy makers more generally as well as in relation to catchment management. If the complex challenges of water catchments are to be managed effectively different types of knowledge must be brought together. Research that only uses natural science may miss the real issues if it is human actions that are the source of the problem. Knowledge exchange is more complex than knowledge transfer but it can be longer term and richer. Information needs to be accessible. There should be better funding for knowledge exchange, which is generally not included in research grants.
This paper is summarised from Demonstration Test Catchments
(DTC) Note No. 01 'Creating and applying robust information resources for catchment management'. The full paper is at:
Many initiatives have been designed to help address diffuse pollution, including the Catchment Sensitive Farming project and, more recently, Demonstration Test Catchments. If the complex challenges of water catchments are to be managed effectively while supporting farm businesses and food production, different types of knowledge must be brought together and the lessons learnt must be applied effectively. This will involve making active two-way relationships within and beyond the research community, drawing in the practical expertise of farmers, land managers and others. This includes linking up the evidence generated by the Demonstration Test Catchments with the expertise and experience built up by Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers.