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Commission review gives Member States a ‘must do better’ report for Marine Strategies

A report has been released by the European Commission evaluating the current conditions of the European seas (2014). Current state of the seas was interpreted by Member States in relation to the Marine Strategy Framework Strategy (MSFD) to achieve Good Environmental Status.  In July 2008, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) was introduced by the

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England’s first marine plans formally adopted

The marine plans for East inshore and offshore areas have been formally adopted by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Owen Paterson. Covering the area of English coast and marine waters from Flamborough Head in Yorkshire to Felixstowe in East Anglia, the marine plans are intended to inform and guide decisions on the sustainable

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Have your say on ideas for MSFD measures

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) has been introduced by the European Commission  to bring about Good Environmental Status in our seas. What does this mean? What does Good Environmental Status look like? The aim is to get our seas back to their former glory and for marine activities and industry to be managed in

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Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Proposals for UK Marine Monitoring Programmes

This consultation runs from 8 January 2014 to 2 April 2014 Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the UK’s proposed monitoring programmes to measure progress towards achieving and maintaining Good Environmental Status (GES) in their seas by 2020. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires that Member

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Are you a LOVEmyBEACH Business?

The LOVEmyBEACH campaign has been set up by the Turning Tides Partnership to work with local communities, businesses and visitors to improve the quality of bathing waters in the North West. They have recently developed a business pack so that organisations both large and small can take action to help tackle the huge challenge we face: to

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Marine Planning Newsletter 17 – December 2013

The Marine Management Organisation’s latest newsletter is now available. It covers updates on progress in the East Plan Area where responses from the consultation on inshore and offshore plans are being processed, news about the summary report arising from the 3 Decision Makers’ Workshops, an update on the South Plans Area including news about the workshops

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Exciting Times for the Morecambe Bay Partnership!

The Morecambe Bay Partnership has a great new website and e-newsletter which you can sign up to online (see the link below).  As well as information about MBP, its staff, partners and project and all the latest Partnership news and events the site contains an interactive map of the Bay including events, places of interest, viewpoints

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Coastal Access – national news

Two newsletters have been issued giving progress on access across England. Natural England have published their October ‘England Coastal Path Update’ which details progress on all the stretches currently underway: Dorset (2 stretches), Somerset, Kent (2 stretches), Norfolk (2 stretches), Durham Hartlepool and Sunderland, North Yorkshire and Teeside and the 2 stretches in Cumbria. Defra

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Consultation on the establishment of a quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter

The European Commission’s DG Environment has launched a consultation on setting an EU-wide quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter. The consultation runs from 25th September to 18th December 2013. Marine litter was one of the items discussed at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development Conference, with delegations committing to take further action to achieve reductions

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MMO news: Marine Planning Newsletter 15 and the new national Strategic Scoping Report

The latest edition of the Marine Management Organisation’s Marine Planning Newsletter is now available. It gives an update on progress on the Eastern Marine Plan area, including upcoming drop in sessions and autumn workshops for decision-makers in public authorities. Also included is a link to the revised Statement of Public Participation which was issued on

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