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Severn Barrage – back on the cards?

Following a meeting in July 2012 with former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and the consortium Corlan Hafren, David Cameron has instructed ministers and staff to look again at the Severn Barrage. A previous scheme was rejected in 2010 by Chris Huhne, the then Energy and Climate Change Secretary, due to the projected cost of £34bn

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Closed – European Commission consultation on Ocean Energy

The European Commission’s DG Mare is running a consultation on Ocean Energy. Europe’s Integrated Maritime Policy aims to help Europe realise the potential of its marine and coastal resources by providing a framework for coordination of the different functions, uses and users of the seas and oceans and by promoting excellence in marine research, technology

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The Inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta comes to Liverpool!

The inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta will begin in Dublin on Sunday 26th August and culminate in a four-day event in Liverpool from the 30th August to the 2nd September. The regatta is being organised by the charity Sail Training International and Liverpool City Council are working with them to host the finish of

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Irish Sea Maritime Forum – conference outputs and future programme available

Following the successful launch of the Irish Sea Maritime Forum at Titanic Belfast in June a conference report summarising the outputs of the workshop sessions and a future programme of activity has been produced. This report, together with presentations from the event, can be accessed through the project page on this site or by clicking

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Fylde BeachCare News

Annie Heslop has recently been recruited as the new Fylde BeachCare Officer, to take project into its second phase. Fylde BeachCare is a partnership between the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Keep Britain Tidy across the Fylde peninsula from Fleetwood to Lytham. It aims to inspire and empower the local community, tourists and businesses to take sustained action to improve the

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Cumbria Coastal Access Update

Natural England have issued the first of a series of monthly newsletters reporting on coastal access progress in Cumbria. To view a copy of the newsletter see  below: For information on national coastal access progress see the Natural England website  

Copeland Coastal Partnership Conference & Launch of the International Coastal Communities Conversation Project

The 2nd Copeland Coastal Partnership conference took place on the 6th July 2012 in Whitehaven. Partners discussed what had been achieved over the last 12 months and proposals for the next 12 months. The conference was held jointly with UCLan and the Samuel Lindow Foundation and also formed the launch of the international Coastal Communities

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Latest News on Marine Conservation Zones

On 18th July JNCC and Natural England submitted their advice to Defra on the recommended Marine Conservation Zones all around England, including those proposed for the Irish Sea. This advice reviews the science behind the recommendations from each of the regional MCZ projects, the quality of the ecological data and the views of JNCC and Natural

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Local Nature Partnerships Established

Congratulations to Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnerships which have all submitted successful bids to be formally recognised by Government. On Tuesday 16th July Richard Benyon, Parlimentary Undersecretary for the Natural Environment confirmed a list of 41 LNPs across England including all the proposed LNPs which have a North

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Delivering Sustainable Coasts, 18 & 19 September 2012, Southport – book before September 5th!

The North West Coastal Forum, working with Sefton council and 10 EU partners as part of the SUSTAIN project, is holding a major international conference addressing coastal sustainability issues across Europe and celebrating achievements of organisations and individuals across North West England. Places are still available but are filling up fast. Featuring the 2012 North West Awards for

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