Several member organisations of FRIGSE having been taking part in the Farming Sub-Group of the National Drought Management Group. The Sub-Group has just published its first report.
One firm conclusion from their work is that short-term actions identified from its assessment should contribute to long-term improvement in the sector’s resilience to water stress. They believe that water stress is likely to become an increasingly frequent risk due to climate change and increased competition for water resources from other sectors in the coming decades.
With an eye on the longer term, the Sub-Group suggests that the 2012 drought highlights the importance of investing in water infrastructure on UK farms, developing good water management and benchmarking tools, and designing a regulatory regime which allows more responsive and flexible access and sharing water for cropping needs. The Sub-Group also concludes that water sharing between farmers, water companies and the environment needs to be on the table for discussion for the longer term.