The Leven Programme is a partnership that is focused on achieving environmental improvements whilst maximising social and economic opportunities. The Programme's vision is:
In 2030 the Leven catchment will be a living, breathing example of inclusive growth, achieving the environmental improvements whilst maximising social and economic opportunities.
SEPA has signed a landmark Sustainable Growth Agreement with the partnership, locking in sustainable, inclusive growth and supports the delivery of the partnerships six key objectives.
Historically the catchment was the engine of Mid-Fife sustaining several hundred mills and factories and was home to miners and workers in the manufacturing industries. Since then serious environmental challenges have arisen in the catchment with multiple pressures and environmental impacts including barriers to fish migration, water quality issues and physical modifications to the rivers. A short leaflet about the programme explains more.
Through strong partnership working the Leven catchment can be transformed into a world-leading example of environmental excellence while maximising social and economic opportunities. The Sustainable Growth Agreement was signed ahead of Earth Overshoot Day 2019, the day the Global Footprint Network calculates humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, and supports the urgency with which we need to act to tackle this issue.
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