LAWPRO has several roles and responsibilities assigned to it as a Programme, with specific actions to be delivered under the RBMP. The Programmes role and responsibilities have increased since 2016, and this has informed the evolution of our strategic planning, and annual work programme planning. An overview of our core functions is provided in Table 1 below. Our work programme is discussed further in Section 4.
2021 was a year which saw many sectors of the economy continue to be severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite significant disruption during this time, the essential work of LAWPRO continued, including
local catchment assessments, funding to communities, support for projects and events during National Heritage Week, and virtual meetings with public bodies, stakeholders, and local communities. I would like to thank all our staff, and the countless others, who have helped us fulfil our obligations during a challenging year.
This report presents the goals, objectives, and achievements of the LAWPRO team of 60 staff across a five-regional structure: Border, Midlands and Eastern, South East, South West and West. This is the fourth annual report on the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) and presents highlights from LAWPROs work with communities and within catchments in 2020. The work showcases the continued efforts of the programme working in collaboration with local authorities, state agencies, local communities and others.