National News

Natural Environment White Paper is Published

Defra have released the first White Paper on the natural environment to be published in 20 years, outlining the Government’s vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years, along with actions to deliver the vision. The plans in the White Paper are directly linked to the recently published UK Natural Ecosystem Assessment, and

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National Ecosystem Assessment

Defra have launched the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), a groundbreaking report that demonstrates the value of nature. The UK NEA  brought together over 500 experts in ecology, economics and social sciences to estimate the value of the natural world by taking account of the economic, health and social benefits we get from nature. The assessment provides

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Marine Planning Portal launched

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has today launched an interactive map of England’s seas. The map contains an array of information, ranging from energy infrastructure (oil pipelines and wind farm locations) to conservation areas. Visit the marine planning portal on the MMO website to view the map and layers.

Marine Planning Evidence Base

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is inviting comments on a draft strategic scoping report which gives a picture of key marine activities and the marine and coastal natural resources around England. The draft report is available to view on line for the next 4 weeks and a final version will be published at the end

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Bathing Beach Profiles

The Environment Agency have posted brand new detailed profiles for bathing beaches in the UK to their website. The profiles contain descriptions on the beach and its catchment, and descriptions on how the EA is working with water companies, local authorities, farmers and private land owners. The profiles are new for 2011 and will be

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Marine Planning in England – summary of consultation responses

A summary of responses to Defra’s consultation on Marine Planning in England can now be viewed at Defra’s website. You can view the North West Coastal Forum’s response here.

Scotland’s Marine and Fisheries Sector Action Plan

The Scottish Government have published a Marine and Fisheries Sector Action Plan for adaptation to climate change. This concise document identifies potential impacts of climate change on the Marine and Fisheries sector and sets out the action being taken in Scotland to adapt to these impacts and improve resilience. It also considers, in some way, what this

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Marine Habitat Maps for Celtic & North Seas

The European Marine Observation and Data Network have launched a pilot mapping portal that shows broadscale predicted marine habitats for Europe’s seas. As well as the Celtic Sea and North Sea, the portal includes the Baltic Sea and the Western Mediterranean, covering over 2 million square kilometers in total. A consortium of 7 international partners,

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Impacts of climate change on disadvantaged UK coastal communities

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report investigating how disadvantaged coastal communities are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The report combines four cases studies (Great Yarmouth (Norfolk, England), Skegness (Lincolnshire, England), Llanelli (Carmarthenshire, Wales) and Benbecula (Outer Hebrides, Scotland) with a literature review and analysis of likely impacts, as well as providing

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Scotland’s Marine Atlas

The Scottish Government has published ‘Scotland’s Marine Atlas – Information for the National Marine Plan’. The Atlas is an assessment, featuring maps and graphics, is an assessment of the condition of Scotland’s seas, based on scientific evidence from data and analysis, supported by expert judgment. For more information, and to download the document,  as well

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