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Below the surface: 25 years of seafloor litter monitoring in coastal seas of North West Europe

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has released a paper summarising 25 years of research into marine litter on the seafloor across Northern Europe. The research, spanning the period from 1992 to 2017, has revealed changes in what makes up plastic litter in the marine environment over time, with a decrease in

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Flood scheme boost with £36m of funding

On 27 March Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey announced the 25 new schemes to receive a share of £36 million  to improve flood protection announced in last year’s Autumn Statement. £33.8 million will be allocated to the 25 schemes over the next three years, in addition to a £2.2 millionalready allocated to 13 projects in Cumbria and

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Past event – Coastal Challenge Summit, 24th April, London

Update – the workshop has taken place and a summary report will be produced. The Coastal Partnerships Network, working the Coastal Communities Alliance and the LGA Coastal Special Interest Group, is hosting a Coastal Challenge Event on 24th April, in London. The North West Coastal Forum, through our involvement on the CPN Committee, is involved in

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Coastal Communities Fund Round 5 Opens

On 26th February DCLG announced the opening of a new £40 million round of Coastal Communities Fund funding in England to support the economic development of coastal communities. The new funding is available for spend between April 2019 and March 2021. Projects should be over £50000 and lead to economic growth and regeneration as well

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Closed – Consultation: Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing – 30th Seaward Licensing Round Draft Appropriate Assessments

Closes 5 p.m. 29th March 2018 The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has opened a 6 week consultation on draft Appropriate Assessments for oil and gas licensing Blocks applied for in the 30th Seaward Licensing Round. In July 2017 the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) announced the 30th Seaward Licensing Round. As a

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Closed – consultation: UK National Standard for Marine Oil Spill Response Providers

Closed 11:45 p.m. 4th March 2018 Under current legislation UK ports, harbours and oil-handling facilities must submit oil spill contingency plans (OSCP) to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and for offshore installations, Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEPs) must be submitted to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), for approval. As part

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Closed – consultation: Updates to Guidance for Industry on Offshore Renewables Decommissioning

Closed 11:45 p.m. 2nd March 2018 The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is consulting on a series of proposed updates to their 2011 guidance for industry on decommissioning of offshore renewable energy installations under the Energy Act 2004. The update aims to assist and inform developers on issues relating to the provision of

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Closed – North West Marine Plan – Iteration 2 Online Engagement and Workshops

Online Engagement opens on 29th January and closes 29th March 2018 This Spring 2018 the MMO is engaging on iteration 2 of marine planning for the four remaining marine plan regions – the north west, north east, south west and south east. The engagement will focus on: draft marine plan area visions draft options to address

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Coastal Access Updates

Natural England has published a December 2017 update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. The coast from Silecroft to the Welsh border on the Dee Estuary is described as ‘proposals in development’ but only one stretch of the coast – a 36km stretch from Allonby to Whitehaven is fully open,

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Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan Published

‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ sets out the UK Government’s commitments to improve the environment within a generation. It sets goals environmental improvements and details how Government will work with businesses and communities to achieve the goals over the next 25 years.  The plan sits alongside two other government

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