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Diary Dates: Wholescape Approach to Marine Management Regional Workshops 2020

Funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, and managed by The Rivers Trust and the Coastal Partnerships Network, the Wholescape Approach to Marine Management ‘WAMM’ project aims to support a more collaborative approach between Coastal and Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) partnerships to enhance delivery for the coastal and estuarine environment nationwide. A series of

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Welsh National Marine Plan Published

The Welsh Government has published the Welsh National Marine Plan – Wale’s first ever strategic plan for marine management. Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This is our first step in ensuring we utilise our seas to the best of their potential, without having a negative impact on our marine and

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Ireland launches consultation on the draft National Marine Planning Framework

Closes noon, 28th February 2020 The Irish Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government have launched a public consultation on the draft National Marine Planning Framework.  This is Ireland’s first marine planning framework and will apply to a broad range of marine activities, providing a long-term framework for effective management and sustainable use of Ireland’s

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Consultation: River basin planning: Challenges and Choices

Closes 11:45 pm,  24 April 2020 The Environment Agency is holding a consultation in preparation for the 2nd 6-yearly update of the River Basin Management Plans for England. They are seeking views on: the challenges that limit the benefits society obtains from the water environment in the river basin districts in England (the challenges) the

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Marine Strategy Part One: UK Updated Assessment and Good Environmental Status and a Summary of Responses October 2019

As a result of the consultation which took place earlier this summer Defra has, in October 2019, published an updated Marine Strategy Part One: UK Updated Assessment and Good Environmental Status report and a separate report summarising the responses to the consultation. This consultation marked the start of the 2nd implementation cycle of the UK

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Consultation: Challenges and Choices for water management in Wales

Closes 22 December 2019 Natural Resources Wales has launched a consultation to feed into the development of the 3rd set of River Basin Management Plans under the Water Framework Directive and the next State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR 2) under the Environment Act. The consultation provides an overview of significant water management issues in

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Love Water! New campaign launched to protect our most precious resource

The ‘Love Water’ campaign, a long-term campaign launched on 31st July 2019, aims to raise awareness of the importance of water and the role everyone plays in protecting it. More than 40 environmental groups, charities, water companies and regulators – including the Environment Agency, Water UK, Ofwat, NFU and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) –

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Events: Helping the UK Seafood Sector be Ready for Brexit

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in partnership with Seafish and the Marine Management Organisation, is hosting a series of events across England to help seafood traders, processors and businesses prepare for Brexit by understanding the changes that lie ahead. These events are open to people and businesses involved in the processing and

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Government Response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Future of Seaside Towns

The government has issued a response to the report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the future of seaside towns. The Committee looked closely at a wide range of issues affecting seaside towns and the government response supports the vast majority of the report’s recommendations and highlights the work being undertaken to help

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Closed – Consultation: Seeking evidence to help inform the development of a new approach for the allocation of additional fishing quota in England after Brexit.

Closes 11:45pm on 30 August 2019 Defra is seeking evidence to help develop a new approach for allocating any additional English fishing quota secured during negotiations following Brexit. In particular, they want to hear from the fishing industry and others in England and the Crown Dependencies, on issues such as: establishing a reserve of quota

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