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  • in reply to: Fundraising #168

    Llais yr Afon Project (Esmee Funded)

    We have received the start up documents from WWRT for the Esmee Fairburn Project – it will have a start date in March.

    Here is some of the salient information:

    A reminder of the organisations involved:

    • West Wales Rivers Trust (“WWRT”) acting as the “Lead Partner”
    • Ffynnone Community Resilience (representing the “Save the Teifi” group)
    • Small World Theatre
    • spacetocreate

    Here is a table of how the Esmee grant money is distributed:Project Financials

    Here is a Gant Chart of the Project Plan:

    See this link for a larger version:


    More details and how to get involved will be forthcoming as soon as possible.

    in reply to: Citizen science #167

    See… https://afonyddcymru.org/get-involved/

    The “Citizen Science” movement has expanded significantly in the past few years in Wales. People concerned with the state of their local streams have been eager to get involved in river restoration and protection, anxious to do what they can to help resolve issues of water quality and biodiversity loss.

    As a result, citizen science groups have been emerging across Wales. Their volunteer members undertake various activities from water sampling, litter clearance and issue reporting.

    The regional Welsh river trusts all have their own citizen science or other volunteer initiatives. If you would like to help and to join them the links to the various trusts are below. Often, no prior experience is needed and they will provide the training, equipment and guidance.

    Other ways to get involved….

    Spotting and Reporting River Pollution.
    Do you regularly walk along your local river? Can you spot pollution? We have a simple guide: https://afonyddcymru.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/What-you-can-do-to-prevent-pollution.pdf for spotting pollution and what to do.

    The Great River Watch
    In September 2023 a new app will be launched across the UK which will allow anyone to report anything they come across when walking next to a river. See here: https://afonyddcymru.org/big-river-watch/ for more information.

    in reply to: Citizen science #166

    It’s been suggested we contact friends of upper wye about there citizen science programme and relationship with NRW. This is their reply…

    “Oh my goodness, solidarity! Welcome to the struggle. We have had the most unbelievably frustrating/appalling/disheartening experience with NRW. We started setting up our citizen science project on the River Wye in 2020, and co-designed it through a rigorous process with Cardiff University (with NRW and EA input). We have been operational with over 100 citizen scientists since 2021. NRW are still ‘considering’ how/whether to use our data. Whereas on the English side, the EA reference our data in their reports and are far more proactive (not perfect, and could do better, but much better than NRW). ”


    in reply to: Citizen science #165
    in reply to: Fundraising #164

    I’m pleased to announce that the bid for funds has been a success. Watch this space for more details and next steps

    in reply to: Citizen science #160

    This is from a contact in Welsh Waters as a response to a specific enquiry about using their community funding  for citizen science…

    My comment about unsuccessful applications was in reference to a different biodiversity programme I suggested for CLEAN.

    In terms of Community/Cit Sci Fund – I’m not aware of any application for sampling equipment to either fund be successful. That’s not saying it wouldn’t be, but I’m just not aware of any. It’s historically not been something we support (for multiple reasons) and equally I believe NRW have been of a similar stance.

    As you may have read, the Citizen Science programme requires support from an eNGO, Uni, consultancy etc, so it may be an idea to discuss the use/benefit/limitations of sampling equipment with them.

    I hope that helps.

    in reply to: Political Pressure #145

    There is now a template for a letter/email to send to the Senedd – see https://www.teifi.one/actions#Action-3-Write-to-WG-Senedd

    in reply to: Recycling Urine #142

    Gwenda is raising awareness (of phosphate loss into the Teifi) and money selling nuts, grown in her garden, in the local market.

    And the nuts are delicious…. 10 large and five small in each pack

    Look out for these collection boxes:

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    in reply to: Recycling Urine #141

    Check out the video here…


    At 5:47 Gwenda talks about the Pisho project

    in reply to: Recycling Urine #140

    Join the conversation about reclaiming human urine as a sustainable fertilizer!

    Nov. 7-9, 2023

    The Rich Earth Institute’s annual Summit is a global gathering for advancing the field of urine nutrient reclamation. The Summit brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, industry leaders, students, and enthusiasts, catalyzing new collaborations and partnerships as we continue to grow the body of knowledge about this innovative practice.
    This 3-day event will feature presentations on the technology, regulation, design, culture, and art of urine reclamation as well as opportunities for networking and collaboration. Recordings will be available after the event.

    in reply to: Engagement with the Community #138

    This group has created a leaflet to distribute…

    Save the Teifi leaflet personal

    See a PDF version here… https://www.teifi.one/onewebmedia/Leaflet2.pdf

    in reply to: Recycling Urine #137

    The Project for Innovative Sustainable Human Waste Optimization

    has a logo:

    Pisho Logo

    and a leaflet, which you can see on this link:


    in reply to: Fundraising #129

    Good news – we are through to the next stage: which is the full application for the Esmee funding!

    We have 3 months to get a full application in – then it will be assessed. Assessment can take up to 3 months.

    Esmee raised the following questions. Any thoughts on these would be greatly appreciated. (The second question is technically more for WWRT as the lead for this project, but any thoughts would be appreciated):

    1. We are also interested in hearing more about your approach to co-creating a “people plan” for the Teifi, including with the diverse communities in a place, particularly those who experience discrimination or face barriers to accessing nature.
    2. We would also like to know how you will approach safeguarding, including how you will clarify responsibilities of your partners, given that community engagement will be done by them.
    in reply to: Fundraising #128

    WWRT conversation with Esmee went well, they said they could see the value in both elements of the project and the driving issues behind their need.

    A few things that came up which they said should be included/emphasised for the full application if we get to the next stage:

    • Emphasise the strength of partner skills/experience in engaging with disadvantaged communities
    • Explain how the above will be achieved – (e.g. offering to cover attendees transport costs, providing food and children’s activities to make attendance a benefit to families). But also can draw on the partnership strengths to enhance as this and this was a key reason for a joint bid.
    • Describe how the citizen science surveys will lead to future funding
    • Describe how community voices and the Peoples Plan for the Teifi are going to feed into citizen science and the other way round.
    • Ensure that there are a diverse range of  community voices in the Peoples Plan for the Teifi catchment.
    in reply to: Teifi Walk #127

    Save the Teifi Walk Poster Update 30Jun2023

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