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Draft Flood Risk Management Plans: 2021 to 2027 – Summary of Responses

The Environment Agency has published a summary of responses received to the consultation on the draft Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) 2021 to 2027. FRMPs are statutory plans that set out how to manage flood risk in nationally identified flood risk areas and the consultation ran from October 2021  to January 2022. For more information

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Welsh National Marine Plan Monitoring and Reporting 2nd User Survey

Survey closes 17th June 2022 The Welsh National Marine Plan (WNMP) sets out the Welsh Government’s marine planning policy for the sustainable development of Wales’ marine plan area. The Marine and Fisheries Division of the Welsh Government is now seeking views on: awareness of the WNMP and emerging trends how the WNMP is being used

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Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership: Key Challenges and Emerging Issues Publication

MCCIP has published a suite of outputs on ‘responding to key challenges in UK marine climate change’, building on the evidence presented in the latest MCCIP report card (2020) and providing a snapshot of the key issues facing the UK marine climate change community and guidance on how to address them. The outputs are designed

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Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment Programme Policy Paper published

Defra has published a policy paper setting out the  Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (NCEA). This is a science innovation and transformation programme, spanning land and water environments, including marine. It has been set up to collect data on the extent, condition and change over time of England’s ecosystems and natural capital, and the benefits

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Environment Agency publishes storm overflow Event Duration Monitoring data for 2021

Storm overflows are designed to release excess storm water from the sewerage system into rivers or the sea during prolonged, heavy rainfall, to ensure they are not overwhelmed. Water companies should only do this under strictly permitted conditions. Nearly nine in ten storm overflows now have monitoring devices providing vital information about their use to

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Closing soon – UK Seafood Fund: Infrastructure Scheme Open for Applications

Round one is open for applications from 29 March until 24 May 2022 The UK government is making at least £65 million in grant funding available through the Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme will fund projects that build capability across the UK seafood sector supply chain through investment in: improved capability at ports, harbours and processing

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Closed consultation: Draft Joint Fisheries Statement

Consultation closed 11:45 p.m. 12th April 2022 Defra is seeking view on the draft Joint Fisheries Statement (JFS), which has been developed by the 4 fisheries administrations of the UK (Scottish Government, Welsh Government, UK Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland). The consultation seeks views on the policies

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Closed consultation – Nature Recovery Green Paper: Protected Sites and Species

Consultation closes 11:45 p.m. 11th May 2022 Defra is seeking views on initial policy proposals regarding protected sites and species. The Government’s targets are to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030, and to halt species decline by 2030. The proposals set out in the Green Paper support these ambitions and include options to

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Closed consultation: Environment Act 2021 Environmental Targets

Consultation closes 11:45 p.m., 11th May 2022 Defra is seeking views on proposed new environmental targets under the Environment Act 2021. The Act requires that at least one target in each of four priority areas is set in: air, water, biodiversity, and resource efficiency and waste reduction. It also requires targets to be set for

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Bathing Water Quality Statistics

Defra has published statistics summarising the statistics on English coastal and inland bathing waters in 2021 and their compliance with the 2013 Bathing Water Regulations. In summary, out of the 417 bathing waters measured in England: 413 (99%) met at least the minimum standard under the Regulations with 295 of these classified as ‘excellent’, 100 classified as

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