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NERC Environmental Data Discovery Trails Quiz!

Join in the NERC Environmental Data Discovery Trails, you might get a reward! To improve the accessibility of data collected through NERC-funded research, or managed by NERC data centres, the Natural Environment Research Council is collecting feedback on the user experience to improve the navigation of various web portals used to access these data. To

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NW Marine Plans: Annual Monitoring Survey

Closes 15th December 2020 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is asking stakeholders in the north west of England to take part in the annual monitoring survey to gather baseline information on the draft North West Marine Plan. This is the first time the MMO has run the survey in the north west and they will

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WAMM outputs – Coastal Data Explorer, Policy & Legislation StoryMap and Workshop Presentations

The Wholescape Approach to Marine Management ‘WAMM’ project, which supports a more collaborative approach between Coastal and CaBA partnerships to build knowledge and expertise to enhance delivery for the coastal and estuarine environment nationwide, is nearing its conclusion and a range of useful outputs are now available (see link below). Coastal Data Explorer: The Coastal

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Consultation: Marine Strategy Part Two: Monitoring Programmes

Closes 23:45, 17th November 2020 Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the updated marine monitoring programmes for the state of the UK’s seas. The proposed monitoring programmes will be used to gather evidence on the status of different parts of the UK marine environment to

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Consultation: Introducing market restrictions on single-use plastic items in Scotland

Closes 4th January 2021. The Scottish Government is consulting on the introduction of market restrictions on the most commonly littered single-use plastic items found on European beaches. This would effectively ban these items. The results of the consultation will be used to inform policy and any future legislation as Scotland seeks to match the requirements

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Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds comes into force in England

From October 1st 2020 a ban on the supply of plastic straws and stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, has come into force in England. It has been estimated that 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are used each year and many of these end up in the

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Natural England: Building partnerships for Nature’s recovery

Natural England has published its priorities for nature recovery for the period 2020 to 2025. They will achieve the aims outlined in the document through 4 strategic programmes: • Resilient Landscapes and Seas • Sustainable Development • Greener Farming and Fisheries • Connecting People with Nature The document explains how Natural England will work with

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Closed consultation – Whelk Management Measures 2020 – extension

Closed 1st November 2020 The Welsh Government is consulting on proposals to introduce: an authorisation scheme for licenced and registered UK vessels fishing for whelks (Buccinum undatum) with pots in the Welsh zone an annual limit on the total amount of whelk that can be taken from the Welsh zone a flexible monthly landing cap

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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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