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Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) News – May 2016

The newsletter for the Defra, Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Research and Development programme for May has been published and covers the following topics: Policy, Strategy & Investment Catchment process modelling The costs and impacts of the 2013-14 winter floods Public dialogues on flood risk

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2016 Coastal Tourism Report Published

The 2016 Coastal Tourism report from the National Coastal Tourism Academy has been published. The report covers England’s coastline and highlights the value of coastal tourism to the economy at £8billion with 13.7 million seaside trips in the past year, the majority of these short overnight stays. This figure represents a third of all English overnight holidays

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North West Coast Connections Undertake Marine Surveys Under Morecambe Bay

The National Grid are currently undertaking major marine surveys in Morecambe Bay to gather information for the North West Coast Connections project. The project aims to create a tunnel between Heysham power station in Lancashire and Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria to directly route electricity cables. This route corridor is needed to accommodate energy created by the new nuclear power

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Blue Flag Award for Blackpool South Beach

A total of 68 beaches around England have achieved a Blue Flag Award in the 2016 designations. The Blue Flag Award is an international award presented to well managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes. For the first time in history Blackpool South Beach will be flying the Blue Flag Award. A further 111 Seaside Awards

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Updating the Cost of Storm and Flood Events

By reflecting on the cost of storms which affected England and Wales from winter 2013 to 2014, the Environment Agency has been able to update their rapid cost calculator which aims to provide a better estimation of the economic and financial costs of future storm events. The best cost estimate from the winter of 2013 to 2014 was

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Coastal Communities in England to Receive Funding to Restore Local Landmarks

Coastal community projects around England are to receive a share of £700,000 funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government to restore local landmarks. Fifteen projects are to receive up to £50,000 each to help rejuvenate historic buildings or cultural and social areas. It is hoped that the project will help to boost the economy

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Keep Britain Tidy #Street2Sea Marine Litter Campaign Launched

UK charity Keep Britain Tidy, in partnership with supermarket chain Lidl, have launched the #Street2Sea campaign which aims to raise awareness of the damage that urban litter has to coastal environments and marine wildlife. To launch the campaign, a eco-artist, nicknamed ‘Moose’, has been enlisted to manage an art project which power-washes stencils of marine wildlife onto

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3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference, 27th September, Dublin

The third annual Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference will be held on the 27th September 2016 in Dublin. The Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference aims to facilitate a central hub for stakeholders of the Atlantic Strategy and provide good opportunities for stakeholders to create contacts, share best practices, publicise innovative projects and ideas and explore funding opportunities and partnerships. The conference will promote Atlantic

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Water for Life and Livelihoods Consultation Summary Response Published

The Environment Agency has published a report summarising the responses to the consultation on draft River Basin Management Plans that ran from 10 October 2014 to 10 April 2015. The consultation was the third and final stage of public consultation on the second cycle of river basin planning. It posed questions on proposed long-term objectives for

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Coastal Access Updates

Natural England’s Cumbria Area Team has produced the May Cumbria Coastal Access Monthly Update. It covers progress on the 2nd length of coast to be developed: Whitehaven to Silecroft and the 3rd stretch (Gretna to Allonby). In addition the national team has published the April England Coastal Path Update, covering progress across England and detailing the

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