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Closed – Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England

The start of the Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England was announced recently by Environment Secretary Owen Patterson. This review is part of a rolling programme of triennial reviews of public bodies to consider whether the functions carried out by the body are still required and whether the delivery model is right and offers

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Closed – Irish Sea Marine Conservation Zones Consultation

Defra has published the consultation documents for the first tranche of Marine Conservation Zones. The consultation runs until midnight on 31st March 2013. This is the key opportunity for everyone with an interest in the marine and coastal environment to influence which MCZs are designated. Information gathered during this consultation may also be used to

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Local Nature Partnerships Established

Congratulations to Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnerships which have all submitted successful bids to be formally recognised by Government. On Tuesday 16th July Richard Benyon, Parlimentary Undersecretary for the Natural Environment confirmed a list of 41 LNPs across England including all the proposed LNPs which have a North

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Marine Conservation Zones Project Newsletter 8

Defra have published the 8th Newsletter of the Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) project. In this update: How the Project involved stakeholders early on How Natural England and JNCC produce their advice What work is still to be done The MCZ designation timetable Read the update on Defra’s website.

Fisheries Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) are holding a Technical, Scientific and Bylaw Subgroup Committee meeting on February 17th. This meeting is not open to the public or press, however papers are available on the NWIFCA website.   Defra’s winter 2011/12 issue of Fishing Focus is available to download from their website.This

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UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

The UK Government have published the Climate Change Risk Assessment, the first assessment of its kind and the first in a 5 yearly cycle. The assessment includes detailed analysis of 100 potential risks across 11 sectors, and sets out the main priorities for adaptation under 5 key themes. The assessment has been divided into several

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Defra Launch Grant Scheme for Nature Improvement Areas

Defra has launched a new grant scheme to establish Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs). NIAs are large, discrete areas that will deliver a step change in nature conservation, where a local partnership has a shared vision for their natural environment. The partnership will plan and deliver significant improvements for wildlife and people through the sustainable use of natural

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Flood and coastal erosion risk management progress report 2008-2011 for England

The Environment Agency has published a short document summarising its work towards achievement of Defra outcome measures between 2008 and 2011, during which it achieved and exceeded all the main targets, with the exception of one covering intertidal habitats. Download the report here: http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/PDF/GEHO0711BUBK-E-E.pdf

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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