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Closed – consultation on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic – stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.

Closes 11:45 p.m., 3rd December 2018 Defra is seeking views on proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England. The government’s 25 year Environment Plan includes the aim of introducing new measures to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. These single use plastics are associated with

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Closed – consultation: Arnside & Silverdale AONB Management Plan 2019-24

Closes 3rd December 2018 The Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is reviewing the Arnside & Silverdale AONB Partnership Management Plan on behalf of Lancaster City Council, South Lakeland District Council, Lancashire County Council and Cumbria County Council, who have a statutory duty to review the AONB Management Plan every 5 years.

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Marine Planning from the Solway to the Dee, 3rd December 2018, Morecambe

Come along to a free North West Coastal Forum workshop to learn about marine planning, what it means for you and how to have your say in the development of the North West Marine Plan. We will be holding an evening workshop at the iconic Midland Hotel in Morecambe on Monday 3rd December. This evening

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Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference 2019, Cardiff, 15 January

Book by Friday 11th January – some places still available at this free  conference which considers marine planning, marine protected areas and climate change at an Irish Sea-wide scale. The aim of the event is to bring together stakeholders from across the Irish Seas to to learn about issues of current and shared interest and

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Closed – Call for Evidence: Landscapes Review

Closes 11:45 p.m. 18th December 2018 Defra is calling for evidence on what works well and what could be improved in England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) to inform an independent review into whether the protections for National Parks and AONBs are still fit for purpose. In particular, what might be

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Closed – consultation on revision to marine licensing exemptions

Closes 11:45 p.m. 14th December 2018 Defra is seeking views on proposed changes to marine licensing exemptions in the marine areas where the Secretary of State is the appropriate licensing authority, as administered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Marine licence exemptions mean that organisations don’t have to apply for a marine licence to carry

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North West Coastal Access Update – October 2018

Natural England has produced their October update on progress in developing the English Coast Path on the North West’s coast. There is a lot more detail in this month’s update but a brief summary of status of each section is: Stretch 1: Allonby to Whitehaven – OPEN Stretch 2: Whitehaven to Silecroft (51 km) –

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Coastal Partnerships Annual Forum 2018 – 27 & 28 November, Cardiff

The Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum is the national Continuing Professional Development event for Coastal Partnership Officers, members of their Steering Groups or Boards, partner representatives and anyone who works, or is interested in working, in partnership on the coast. It provides up to date information on the latest legislation and key issues affecting or affected by

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Presentations available: ‘Across the Sands of Dee’ Cross-border Marine Planning & Partnership Workshop, Chester, 21st August

‘Across the Sands of Dee’ was a North West Coastal Forum workshop to explore cross border marine planning policy & partnership working for the Dee Estuary and Liverpool Bay. It was aimed at English and Welsh stakeholders with an interest in a wide range of coastal and marine issues and how these might be affected by

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Coastal Challenge Summit 2018 – Report Now Available

On the 24th April 2018, three established coastal networks, the Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN), the Coastal Communities Alliance (CCA) and the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group (LGA Coastal SIG) met at Europe House, Smith Square in London to explore common ground on coastal issues and joint opportunities for advancing the environmental, economic and

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