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River basin management plans (RBMPs)

RBMPs set out how partners work together to protect and improve the water environment.

RBMPs set out for each district, the:

  • state of the water environment
  • pressures affecting the water environment
  • objectives for protecting and improving the water environment
  • actions or measures needed to achieve the objectives

Because water and land resources are closely linked, they also inform decisions on land-use planning.

There are 11 river basin districts in England and Wales:

  • Anglian RBD
  • Dee RBD
  • Humber RBD
  • Northumbria RBD
  • North West RBD
  • Severn RBD
  • Solway Tweed RBD
  • South East RBD
  • South West RBD
  • Thames RBD
  • Western Wales RBD

Seven of these river basin districts are managed wholly by the Environment Agency. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) manage the Western Wales river basin district. The Environment Agency and NRW jointly manage the Severn and Dee river basin districts. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Environment Agency jointly manage the Solway Tweed river basin district. See the Solway Tweed RBMP on the SEPA website .

Proposed update to the RBMPs

RBMPs must be reviewed and updated every 6 years. A consultation on the draft proposed update to RBMPs was open from October 2014 to April 2015. Learn more about the consultation on the draft updated RBMPs.

Proposed updates to the current RBMPs have been drawn up during 2015. These have been submitted for ministerial approval. Find the updated river basin management plans.

Current river basin management plans

  1. Anglian district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  2. Humber district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  3. Northumbria district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  4. North West district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  5. Severn district river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  6. South East river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  7. South West river basin management plan

    • Policy paper
  8. Thames river basin management plan

    • Policy paper