England

Marine Planning in North West England – Drop-In Events

As part of the roll-out of new Marine Plans for the North West of England a number of drop-in events for members of the public to attend are being held by the Marine Management Organisation from 18th-20th April. The events are an introduction to marine planning, for you to meet your local marine planner and to find out more about what marine planning involves, and how you can get involved. The MMO will also be demonstrating their Marine Information System and the evidence base where you can view some of the evidence they have already gathered for your area.

The events are open sessions, including a number of scheduled presentations on marine planning. These will be held hourly, beginning at the start times shown below.

As part of the events you will also be able to find out more about our consultations on the Statement of Public Participation and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. The Statement of Participation includes details on how and when and to whom the MMO will engage with through the marine planning process. The Sustainability Appraisal assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of a marine plan.

To find out more details and to register please click HERE

(Similar events are also being held for the North East, South East and South West Marine Plan areas)

Marine in Planning in England: Latest from the MMO

In their latest Marine Developments blog, the Marine Management Organisation has begun to set out how it will undertake the process of developing marine plans for the remaining English regions – this includes the Irish Sea-facing area of North West England. Marine plans for the remaining four areas (North West, South West, North East and South East) will be prepared simultaneously, with consultation on Statements of Public Participation and Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Reports expected to begin in April. You can read the full blog from the MMO here. We will provide more updates on marine planning in the North West as the process gathers pace.

New Board Members sought for North West IFCA

The Marine Management Organisation are currently recruiting two new voluntary Board Members for the North West England Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

The members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. They guide the IFCA to deliver its mandate under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and in line with Defra guidance.

Details of the application process and criteria for the appointments can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/marine-management-organisation/about/recruitment.  The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016.

Survey – What do you like most about Wirral’s Coast?

We would like to invite you to take part in a survey exploring residents’ and visitors’ views on Wirral’s coast. The results will help us to understand what people value most about Wirral’s coast and the environmental issues it faces. The survey, which is being organised by the University of Liverpool and the North West Coastal Forum with the help of Wirral Council, is being carried out as part of the work of the Celtic Seas Partnership project which brings people together to help achieve healthy and sustainable seas.

You can access the survey here or request a paper version by calling 0151 934 2966.

The survey will close on Monday 2nd November 2015.

The Celtic Seas Partnership is an EC LIFE+ project with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. It is afour year project, running from January 2013 to December 2016. WWF-UK is the lead with partners the University of Liverpool, Eastern and Midland Regional Authority, the Natural Environment Research Council and SeaWeb Europe. Project number: LIFE11/ENV/UK/392.

Celtic Seas Partnership England Workshop, 19th November, Bristol

The Celtic Seas Partnership is holding a 2nd round of national workshops over Autumn 2015. These workshops will enable participants to hear updates on the project’s work to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including task group initiatives and case studies. There will also be an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss a range of issues impacting on the future of the Celtic Seas. So far workshops have taken place in Northern Ireland (1st October) and the Republic of Ireland (7th October), with other workshops planned for England, Scotland, Wales and France.

The workshop for England takes place in Bristol on Thursday 19th November 2015 and includes an optional pre-workshop field visit to the Port of Bristol on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th November which is shared with the Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum 2015.

For more details and to book your place please follow this link or contact Caroline Salthouse, North West England Stakeholder Engagement Officer for the Celtic Seas Partnership Project: Caroline.Salthouse@sefton.gov.uk

If you are interested in attending any of the other remaining workshops please contact the Celtic Seas Partnership via this link.

The Celtic Seas Partnership is an EC LIFE+ project with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. It is afour year project, running from January 2013 to December 2016. WWF-UK is the lead with partners the University of Liverpool, Eastern and Midland Regional Authority, the Natural Environment Research Council and SeaWeb Europe. Project number: LIFE11/ENV/UK/392.