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British Canoeing launches Access and Environment Charter

Today (28 November 2018) British Canoeing launched its Access and Environment Charter - Clear Access, Clear Waters - at an event in Westminster.

Charter Launch Westminster

The Charter has been created as a result of collaboration and discussion between British Canoeing, its members, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders such as Inland Waterways Association, National Trust and Wildlife and Countryside Link.

More than 60 people from across the canoeing community including British Canoeing President Ivan Lawler MBE, the Access Advisory Group, Regional Chairs and guests from key stakeholders, were present.

Professor John Coyne CBE, Chair of British Canoeing, said: “The aim of producing this Charter has been to provide clarity. Clarity on our policy, clarity for all water users and clarity on our vision for fair, shared, sustainable open access on water.

“It is our firm belief that the outdoors should be open to the public to enjoy the health and well-being benefits of recreation on and along the water.”

The Charter is based on three key pledges:

British Canoeing will do the following:

  1. Champion the case for fair, shared, sustainable open access on and along inland waters to be confirmed in law

2. Continue to act to protect and improve the health of our rivers, working to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment

3. Commit to inspire more people to be active outdoors; connecting people with their environment and promoting the benefits on mental and physical well-being

There are a number of ways which you can get involved, visit to find out more.

Fair, shared, sustainable open access - it’s time to make it happen

The video shown at the launch event: