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Greening the post-Covid Recovery

Greening the post-Covid Recovery

In May the Committee held a session on the environmental implications of the Covid-19 crisis. Witnesses stressed how critical it would be to align the post-crisis recovery stimulus with the UK’s goals on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development – given the short window of opportunity remaining to keep... read more »

Highly Protected Marine Areas

Highly Protected Marine Areas

An independent review led by former Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon and published on Mon 8 June, World Ocean Day 2020, is calling for the introduction of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in English waters. The review was commissioned on last year’s world ocean day by then Environment Secretary Michael... read more »

'Sea for Yourself'

'Sea for Yourself'

'Sea for Yourself' is a new marketing campaign launched by Defra in March 2020 and supported by Seafish that aims to get more of the British public eating fish. One of the key messages of the campaign is that you can get all the benefits of eating lovely... read more »

Benefits of Coastal Paths

Benefits of Coastal Paths

Defra have published new figures showcasing the health and economic benefits of walking on England’s coastal paths. Their press release states that nearly 30 million walks demonstrates huge popularity of England's coastal paths. Follow this link to read the Defra press release about the benefits of England's Coastal Pathsread more »

National Bus Strategy

National Bus Strategy

The Campaign for Better Transport has produced a report showing that once again funding for buses has decreased, with 243 services around the country having been lost or reduced in the past year. But next year could be different: with the Government promising a National Bus Strategy and new... read more »

Fish is the Dish

Fish is the Dish

The Fish is the Dish initiative by Seafish was designed as a hard-working digital campaign to show consumers why they should eat more seafood, more often. The platform (www.fishisthedish.co.uk) offers a wide variety of seafood recipes, created using the insight and expertise of... read more »

The Future of Seaside Towns Report

The Future of Seaside Towns Report

The House of Lords Select Committee has recently released its new report on the Future of Seaside Towns, which looks at the regeneration of seaside towns and communities. The report suggests that the 'one size fits all' approach should be avoided, with transport and housing being two of the... read more »

Defra Survey 2019

Defra Survey 2019

The government is consulting on mandating biodiversity net gain in development to ensure habitats are protected and enhanced for the future. The consultation opened on 2 December and will run until 10 February 2019. Follow this link to find out more about Defra's Net Gain Survey. In addition Natural England have produced... read more »

Southern Marine Plan

Southern Marine Plan

The South Marine Plan is the second English marine plan to be adopted. It covers an area of around 20,000 square kilometres of inshore and offshore waters across 1,000 kilometres of coast line from Folkestone to the river Dart. It is one of the busiest shipping channels in the... read more »

Southern Water Consultation

Southern Water Consultation

Southern Water are inviting comments on their draft Water Resources Management Plan that aims to keep our taps flowing for the next 50 years. They really want to hear from people, so please make your thoughts known by contacting them as shown in the following link: read more »