A core function of LAWPRO is to work with community groups to support the work already being done to promote better water quality, and to encourage more groups to get involved. Community involvement is key to the protection and management of local waterbodies. This is being achieved through a three-stage process:
- Raising awareness of LAWPRO and engaging communities on local water quality issues and concerns.
- Supporting community involvement in the stewardship of local streams, rivers, lakes, and coasts.
- Building capacity within local communities through knowledge funding and training.
LAWPRO’s is building networks of active communities with the knowledge, skills, and capacity to make a difference. In this way, LAWPRO’s 13 Community Water Officers have established themselves as contact points for local communities. This is clear by the growing number of groups and champions getting involved in caring for their local water environment.