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North West Coastal Access Update – July 2020

Natural England has released information on the progress of coastal access in North West England. They hope to publish proposals for the Cleveleys to Pier Head stretch in August. Cumbria County Council and their contractors have been making progress where they can with establishment works on the Whitehaven to Silecroft stretch. The planning inspector is

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National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

The Environment Agency has published a strategy setting out a vision of a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change – today, tomorrow and to the year 2100. It sits alongside the Government’s policy statement on flood and coastal erosion risk management (see separate news item). The National FCERM Strategy sets out

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Flood and coastal erosion risk management: policy statement

This policy statement sets out the Government’s policy on flood and coastal erosion risk management and their long-term ambition to create a nation more resilient to future flood and coastal erosion risk. It forms part of their wider commitment to tackle climate change. It has been informed by the Environment Agency’s consultation exercise on the

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Breaking the Plastic Wave – A Comprehensive Assessment of Pathways Towards Stopping Ocean Plastic Pollution

The Pew Charitable Trusts have published a report which presents a global analysis of plastic flows into the ocean now and in the future and a pathway towards collectively solving plastic pollution. The report was prepared by The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, working with a panel of 17 global experts, the University of Oxford,

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Consultation: Reducing single use plastic in Wales

Closes 22nd October 2020 The Welsh Government is seeking views on proposals to ban nine single use plastic products. The aim is to help address the environmental damage caused by inappropriate disposal of these products. Under the proposals businesses would be banned from providing these products to end users (consumers) in Wales. The items are

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Hospitality & Tourism APPG Inquiry into Coasts and Waters

Closes 19th August, 5 p.m. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism has launched an inquiry into ‘Coasts and Waters.’ Responses will inform a report from the APPG making recommendations to Government. The consultation covers: What, if any, distinct concerns do costal or lakeside businesses have from other hospitality businesses? How can demand be

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Consultation: Amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment Regime for Offshore Oil and Gas Projects

Consultation closes 23:45 on 2 October 2020 The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy  is seeking views on proposed Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Unloading and Storage (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2020 which would replace the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999. The proposed regulations amend the offshore

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Best Practice on Reducing the Amount of Fishing Gear Littering the NE Atlantic

OSPAR has published a scoping study on best practices for the design and recycling of fishing gear as a means to reduce quantities of fishing gear found as marine litter in the North East Atlantic. Both unintentional and intentional loss of fishing gear at sea result in marine litter and negative environmental impacts. The study

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Fishing Industry Safety Group Launches Safety Campaign – #HOMEANDDRY

As part of Commercial fishing and Maritime Safety Week 2020 The Fishing Industry Safety Group has launched a commercial fishing safety campaign – Home and Dry (#HOMEANDDRY). The campaign includes a new website bringing together information on: ILO 188 (Work in Fishing Convention) – which applies to all fishermen working on fishing vessels of any size, with

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Publication of the Consultation Summary for the Draft NE, NW, SE and SW Marine Plans

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published the ‘Draft North East, North West, South East and South West Marine Plans: Consultation Summary 2020’ . The summary outlines the key findings from the recent consultation on the inshore and offshore marine plans for the 4 remaining marine plan areas.  Once the plans are finalised in light

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