One of the innovative approaches the Environment Agency (EA) encourages to help manage water resources is water rights trading. This is where somebody without a water
abstraction licence or who is looking for more water may be able to enter into an agreement with an existing licence holder to trade water rights. The EA recently updated its
water rights trading map, which gives an indication of the potential for the quantities associated with a licence to be traded. The map now covers all of England and is based on more up-to-date data.. There are wider benefits of the map, such as helping farmers identify neighbours who may wish to form or join a Water Abstractor Group.    Read more on this page.