National News

Coastal Communities Fund Announced

Coastal communities across the UK are to recieve  money from the Government through a new Coastal Communities Fund financed by money generated through Crown Estate marine activities. The fund is designed to support the economic development of coastal communities and will support a wide range of projects, including those that support charities, the environment, education and health.

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Strategic Scoping Report Published

The final Strategic Scoping Report (SSR), which provides a  snapshot of activities across marine planning areas in England’s waters, has been published by the MMO. The report is the first summary of results from the Strategic Scoping Exercise, carried out by the MMO, that examined the spatial  distribution of natural resources and activities within England’s

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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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