February 2012


Our Changing Climate: Understanding Complex Science & Contentious Policy - Public Lecture Series, 7th February

Prof. Andy Ridgwell of Bristol University will be giving a lecture on 'Climate Change: The Role of Living Things' at Cardiff University. Reception 6.15pm, Viriamu Jones Gallery, Main Building, Cardiff University. Book via [email protected]

These are a series of public lectures on Climate Change held at Cardiff University on a regular monthly basis until June 2012. Further Information


Funding Bids Invited for Fisheries Research - Deadline 24th February 2012

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is inviting people with ideas to improve fisheries management to bid for funding towards their research.

Through the Fisheries Challenge Fund (FCF) funding is available to enable fishermen and other interested parties to get involved in research projects looking at fisheries management issues.

The funding is available to support all types of research and analysis which look at an issue currently facing part of the UK fishing industry and are consistent with the objective of achieving sustainable fisheries. Further Information


Sustainable Energy Best Practice In European Regions Seminar, 15th March 2012

Eco Centre Wales is hosting an exciting free seminar for Welsh local government looking at European best practice energy efficiency programmes, planning and renewable energy developments of relevance to Wales. The European guest speakers will present:

  • Popularising wind farms. Germany
  • Biomass power plants. The Netherlands
  • Successful community consultation. England
  • Shaping a local 'deep green' planning policy. Germany
  • Biomass to biogas in rural areas. Romania
  • A wood fired village heating system. France
  • Large scale energy efficiency improvements. The Netherlands

Further Information


Sustaining a Living Wales

The Welsh Government has produced a Green Paper on a new approach to natural resource management in Wales. Wales' nature, land, water and air are the country's ultimate resource - the basis on which everything else is possible. If aspirations for better quality of life and future prospects are to be realised, there is a need to ensure that that resource is put to best and most sustainable use. Further Information


Welsh Government sets out Vision for Sustainable Development Bill

Speaking to 100 representatives from Wales’ public, private and the third sectors at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in December, Environment and Sustainable Development Minister John Griffiths outlined plans for a sustainable development bill and asked for contributions to inform the proposed bill. Further Information


Coastal Futures 2012 Conference - Review and Future Trends

Partnership Officer, Paul Parker attended the annual Coastal Futures Conference where he engaged in presentations and debates ranging from ICZM and Marine Planning to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Copies of the various presentations and outline programme including presentation synopsis' can be viewed here


MCZ Project Newsletter Issue 8: January 2012

The Marine Conservation Zone Project was established to make recommendations to the government on new marine protected areas called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) to help meet the requirements of the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009). This update includes: 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. Further Information


UK Climate Change Risk Assessment: Government Report

The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle. It sets out the main priorities for adaptation in the UK under 5 key themes identified in the CCRA 2012 Evidence Report – Agriculture and Forestry; Business, industries and Services; Health and Wellbeing; Natural Environment and Buildings and Infrastructure – and describes the policy context, and action already in place to tackle some of the risks in each area. It highlights the constraints of the CCRA analysis and provides advice on how to take account of the uncertainty within the analysis. Further Information


Cod VIIb-k monthly catch limits

During the South West Quota Advisory Group meeting that was held in December 2011 a monthly catch limit plan was discussed for cod VIIb-k for the under 10 metre pool.

The allocation for cod VIIb-k has been increased following a total allowable catch (TAC) increase which was given at the December Council held in Brussels. The final allocation is not yet known. Further Information


Severn Tidings Winter 2012 Edition

The Winter edition of Severn Tidings is currently in production and will be due for publication and distribution in February. This will be published online on SEP's Severn Tidings page, with hard copies being distributed to SEP Members. Featured articles include:

  • Severn Estuary Forum Report 2011, with an outline for 2012
  • Compare and contrasting the Elbe and the Severn estuaries
  • IMCORE update (including coastaladaptation.eu)
  • DeltaNet: Danube delta conference - outcomes and recommendations
  • Flood Risk Management Strategy: update by the Environment Agency
  • State of the Severn Estuary Report (SOSER)


SEP 2012 Meeting Timetable

SEP's proposed timetable of meetings for 2012 is now available to view. Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.


Communications and Management for Sustainability Newsletter

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SEP Consultations Page

There are always new consultations regularly taking place around the Severn Estuary. SEP have developed a new section on our website that will keep you abreast of the latest consultation developments. To find out more, go to our new Consultations Page. If you know of any relevant consultation that is not highlighted through our consultation page please email us.

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