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The Case for Marine Planning in the Irish Sea

The North West Coastal Forum has submitted a document to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to support the case for the 2nd marine planning region to be North West England. An announcement on the next area to be planned is expected in early summer 2012. The case for it to come to the North West was compiled by the

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Oh – we DO like to be beside the seaside!

It’s official - research by researchers Katherine Ashbulby and Matthew White at the European Institute of Enviornment and Human Health in Cornwall compared experiences of people at the seaside, in the countryside and in urban parks from 2750 Natural England questionnaires and concluded that the greatest sense of pleasure came from exercising beside the sea – whatever your age,

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Climate-ADAPT web resource

The European Commission has developed a major new website to help respond to the challenge of climate change. Climate-ADAPT aims to be the most comprehensive website for information on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change inEurope. It is aimed at policy makers and practitioners and enables them to learn from the experience of others

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Solent Forum’s Coastal and Marine Consents Guide Edition 4

The Solent Forum has produced a useful online guide to the coastal and marine consenting process. It was launched at the March 2012 Solent Forum meeting. The guide contains a wealth of useful information and links despite being aimed chiefly at a Solent audience. It is likely to prove useful to anyone undertaking coastal works or development planning at

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Habitats and Wild Birds Directives Implementation Review published

On 22nd March the Government published a review of the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives. The aim of the review was to look at existing implementation in England with a view to reducing the burden on business whilst maintaining the integrity of the purpose of the Directives. The findings indicate that in the majority of cases the

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Morecambe Bay – one of England’s first Nature Improvement Areas

Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has worked with and on behalf of a broad partnership to secure £600,000 from the national Nature Improvement Area Programme. The investment will create a step change for nature aroundMorecambeBayby improving and reconnecting the area’s special wetland, limestone, grassland and woodland habitats, as well as

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Marine Planning Newsletter Issue 7

The Marine Management Organisation’s latest newsletter is available to view on the following link: MMO website

2012 National Flood Forum conference outputs

The 2012 National Flood Forum was themed on ‘Insurance, Communities, Flood Risk – What will the future hold?’. The event was co-ordinated by Communications and Management for Sustainability (CMS). Further details about the National Flood Forum, what the conference discussed and the outputs are now available on the CMS website.  

The 2nd North West Awards for Coastal Excellence (NW ACE 2012)

The North West Coastal Forum is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2nd biennial NW ACE – an award scheme to recognise outstanding achievement in and contribution to the long-term management of our coast and near-shore marine environments. NW ACE winners and highly commended entrants will have an opportunity to showcase their

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World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Opens off the Cumbrian Coast

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, opened the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off Walney in Cumbria today (9th February). The £1 billion pound wind farm consists of 102 turbines and will produce enough power to supply 320,000 households. It is a joint venture between DONG Energy, SSE and OPW. It

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