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SUSTAIN: new indicator toolkit for coastal localities available now

The final outputs from the SUSTAIN project – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVC programme – are now availble  together with the presentations and other information from our recent Delivering Sustainable Coasts conference from the SUSTAIN project page. SUSTAIN – Assessing sustainability and strengthening operational policy – has been a 3-year

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Liverpool 2 given the go ahead

The Marine Management Organisation has approved an application for consent from Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Ltd (part of Peel Ports Group) to carry out construction and dredging to create a new deep water terminal of 17 hectares in the outer Mersey Estuary at Seaforth Docks.  This development will provide facilities for 2 post-Panamax container

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Closed – Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England

The start of the Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England was announced recently by Environment Secretary Owen Patterson. This review is part of a rolling programme of triennial reviews of public bodies to consider whether the functions carried out by the body are still required and whether the delivery model is right and offers

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Closed – MMO Corporate Plan 2013 – 2016 consultation

The Marine Management Organisation is seeking comments from stakeholders to help shape its Corporate Plan for 2013-2016. The consultation closes on 11th January 2013. To download a copy of the plan and take part in a short survey visit the MMO website.

Closed – Cumbria Coastal Access Consultation

Natural England have published the final report for coastal access roll-out between Allonby and Whitehaven. This report sets out the proposals to the Secretary of State for improving access to this stretch of coast. It follows a public consultation on the draft proposals which ran in early summer 2012. A further 8-week period of consultation is now taking

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Closed – Irish Sea Marine Conservation Zones Consultation

Defra has published the consultation documents for the first tranche of Marine Conservation Zones. The consultation runs until midnight on 31st March 2013. This is the key opportunity for everyone with an interest in the marine and coastal environment to influence which MCZs are designated. Information gathered during this consultation may also be used to

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Solway Firth Partnership news

The Autum/Winter 2012 edition of the Solway Firth Partnership’s newsletter – Tidelines - can be downloaded from: SFP website It includes news from both sides of the Solway Firth including the £1.9m Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme – perhaps not strictly coastal but falling within the Solway Coast AONB and providing imporant services to birds which use

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European Marine Sites – one stop shop for conservation advice

Natural England has brought together detailed conservation advice for European Marine Sites (SPAs, SACs, or both) into one easily accessible resource on their website. Visit their web page and click on ‘latest information’ to access the list of sites. In the north west these include: Solway Firth EMS, Shell Flat and Lune Deep cSAC, Ribble and

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Closed – Consultation on the Liverpool City Region Destination Management Plan

The Liverpool City Region Visitor Economy Strategy to 2020 sets out VisitLiverpool’s vision for tourism for the next 10 years. This long-term strategy is underpinned by a Destination Management Plan which is a 3 year collective action plan for driving forward growth in the Visitor Economy. The DMP is updated regularly and a draft Destination Management Plan for

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MMO publishes first series of marine evidence and information reports

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published a series of reports on activities in and around English seas. These  are part of the MMO’s work to identify and fill gaps in knowledge that marine planners, regulators and users currently face and they make recommendations on what information is needed to support MMO decisions, and how the

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