Lobbying the Government to Protect a River Catchment Area

It often becomes necessary to lobby the government to protect river catchment areas. Protecting a river catchment area can be an expensive undertaking. Often, it is only the government that can provide the necessary financial resources. Furthermore, protecting a river catchment area often means arresting the people who are interfering with it. Again, only the government is sufficiently empowered to do this. Generally, the protection of river catchment areas tends to be much easier with government assistance. Conversely, trying to protect a river catchment area without government assistance can be an uphill task. Thus lobbying the government to help you protect a river catchment area can be very important. In practical terms, if you want to lobby the government to help you in this sort of undertaking, you need to:

  1. Create a proposal: you have to be very specific, about what needs to be done, in protecting the river catchment area. You need to refine your proposal, to ensure that it is very concise. You need to turn it into some sort of ‘pitch’. Remember, you will probably only have a few minutes to sell the proposal to the relevant government officials. It therefore has to be concise, yet also very persuasive.
  2. Approach the relevant government officials: this is a question of figuring out who the relevant government officials are. Then you can book an appointment with them – and ensure that you actually attend the meeting. So you need to ensure that the time you book an appointment for is one that is convenient both for you and for the government officials you will be seeing. If you are employed somewhere, you may need to ask for time off well in advance, to attend the meeting. Like if, for instance, you work for a company like Nordstrom, you may need to visit the MyNordstrom website, to request for time off work – so as to attend the meeting with the government officials. That would be just a matter of going to the Mynordstromlogin page, signing in, then clicking on the link for ‘schedules’ – and then requesting for time off. Just ensure that the time you choose is one that is convenient for both yourself and the government officials you will be seeking to approach.
  3. Sell the proposal to the government officials: the objective here is to get the officials to understand why they need to assist you in protecting the river catchment area. You need to give them a proper cost-benefit analysis: showing them the resources they need to devote to the protection of the river catchment area, and the benefits they stand to derive.
  4. Follow up with the government officials: even after managing to sell your proposal successfully to the government officials, you may still need to follow up with them, in order to ultimately get the required assistance. Remember, these officials usually get many proposals. And when all is said and done, it is only the proposals that are well followed up on that are eventually acted upon.

Creating a River Catchment Area Protection Plan

Before launching a river catchment area protection project, it is important to create a plan first. The plan would guide your activities, to ensure that you don’t lose focus at any point. If you launch a river catchment area protection project without a plan, you are very likely to fail. You are almost certainly bound to fail. This is because your activities will be haphazard, and won’t know whether you are progressing in the right direction or not. Launching a river catchment are project without a plan is akin to scheduling work on the Myloweslife portal without having a specific framework in mind. Obviously, if you go about it in that way, you could end up with very low productivity. Therefore, it is very important for you to create a river catchment area protection plan. The actual process of creating the plan entails:

  1. Identifying the threats to the river catchment area: this has to be the starting point – where you identify the specific things you will be protecting the river catchment area from.
  2. Identifying the envisaged mitigation measures: the most important thing here is to list the envisaged mitigation areas, and try to see just how viable they are (given the practical realities).
  3. Identifying the resources you need: here, you work out how much money you need to implement the mitigation measures identified above, how much human resource you need… and so on. You also need to work out whether or not it will be easy for you to raise the resources, and how exactly you plan to go about it. For instance, with respect to the human resources, you may need to hire people (as employees) or alternatively try to persuade people to work on a voluntary basis in protecting the river catchment area.
  4. Identifying the major milestones to be attained: these are critical, for it is only through them that you would be in a position to know whether you are making progress or not, once you start implementing the plan.