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Environment Bill summer policy statement: July 2019

Posted 26/07/2019 13:37

The forthcoming Environment Bill seeks to establish a comprehensive legal framework for environmental improvement. It will also create a new Office for Environmental Protection. Defra have published a summer policy statement paper on the Bill.

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IoW Becomes UNESCO Biosphere

Posted 20/06/2019 10:42

On 19 July, the Isle of Wight joined the UK’s UNESCO network as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to celebrate and promote a more harmonious and sustainable relationship between people and nature. View the promotional video.

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Defra Publishes new MCZs

Posted 31/05/2019 08:40

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has created 41 new Marine Conservation Zones. Regulators, such as the Marine Management Organisation and local Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA), will be responsible for ensuring the Marine Conservation Zones are managed to protect their species and habitats, working with local fishing communities and other organisations.

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Natural Capital Committee advice on marine management

Posted 14/05/2019 10:17

Defra has published a paper that sets out the Natural Capital Committees’ advice to government on management of the marine environment. It makes recommendations taking into account the broad goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

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Marine Wonders 2019

Posted 12/04/2019 16:44

Lepe Country Park are looking for local groups and businesses who may be interested in getting involved in their coastal celebration event ‘Marine Wonders 2019’.

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Coastal flooding and adaptation to climate change inquiry launched

Posted 05/04/2019 10:25

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into coastal flooding and adaptation to climate change.

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Seaside town reinvention needed

Posted 04/04/2019 11:56

Seaside towns have been neglected for too long and are in desperate need of reinvention, a parliament report said.

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Maiden Call of MSC Bellissima at Port of Southampton

Posted 04/03/2019 14:11

A traditional Plaque & Key ceremony was held to mark the maiden call of MSC Bellissima as she arrived at the Port of Southampton on Friday 1 March.

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Harvesting the seashore: the impacts and management of inter-tidal fisheries

Posted 21/01/2019 16:22

Applications are invited for a fully-funded (international students only) three year UK PhD to commence in October 2019. The PhD will be based at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth and will be supervised by Dr Gordon Watson, Dr Roger Herbert (Bournemouth University) and Dr Steve Mitchell.

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Fine to Flush – a major new development in the fight against fatbergs

Posted 11/01/2019 11:40

The fight against fatbergs has received a major boost with the publication of a new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely.

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Island Planning Strategy Development Plan Consultation

Posted 03/12/2018 21:00

The Isle of Wight Council has prepared a draft Island Planning Strategy Development Plan Document and accompanying documents for public consultation.

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