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

The event aims to bring together stakeholders from across the Irish Sea to learn about issues of current and shared interest and contribute to work updating the ISMF’s 2012 Irish Sea Issues and Opportunities report. The morning session provides an update from across the Irish Sea on marine planning and the development of the network

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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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Consultation on proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities

Closes 8 p.m. 11th January 2019 The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 allow the Environment Agency to offer standard rules for specific activities. This consultation proposes amendments to the existing standard rules and the creation of three new standard rules. The overall aim is to increase the uptake of flood risk activity standard

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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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Bathing water results for 2018

The 2018 bathing water results are out and classifications for the North West’s 30 designated bathing waters (including 4 inland) are given below. A new classification for bathing water quality was brought in 4 years ago. The new classifications are much tougher than the previous system of classification but 97.9% of bathing waters in England

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WireWall Update – October 2018

An October update below from the National Oceanography Centre re their WireWall research project on measuring wave overtopping (see earlier news article): Week commencing the 22nd Oct the tides were turning to springs. With a persistent West/North West wind on the forecast from Monday afternoon, the end of the week looked like a good opportunity to

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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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