The Spey Catchment Initiative

10 Dec 2015

Established in 2010, the Spey Catchment Initiative (SCI) is a public-private partnership that aims to deliver environmental enhancement projects throughout the River Spey catchment. 

This is an area covering 3,000 km of the Highlands, stretching from Dalwhinnie and Laggan in the Monadhliath Mountains to Fochabers and Spey Bay at the coast.

Run by a steering group of representatives from the partner organisations including
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Cairngorm National Park, Scottish Environment Protection
Agency (SEPA), Spey Fishery Board, Forestry Commission Scotland and Diageo. The SCI's
strength lies in its ability to facilitate partnership working and to tackle issues that may not
otherwise be addressed. Thanks to financial support from Diageo and other partners, which
currently runs to December 2016, the Initiative is able to employ a project officer to deliver multiple benefit projects ranging from river restoration and bankside improvements, to in-river habitat enhancements and riverside amenity works. These all contribute to enhancing the water environment through improving the natural functioning of the river, building resilience to the effects of climate change, preserving the water quality and raising awareness of related issues.

The full case study document can be downloaded below.