EU ‘The Permanent Representatives Committee approved a draft directive establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning, which is aimed at contributing to sustainable growth of maritime economies and the sustainable development of marine areas. It herewith endorsed a compromise  reached between the Greek presidency and representatives of the European Parliament on 6 March. Maritime spatial […]

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The UK Water Research and Innovation Partnership’s new report on the potential of the UK water technology industry. ‘Tapping the Potential: A fresh vision for UK water technology’ (see below)  is focused on a clear goal: to see the UK establish itself as an innovation powerhouse in the global water technology sector, driving sustainable growth […]

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has re-launched its popular sustainable seafood website  to make it easier for fish buyers, restaurateurs and the public to ensure they are buying and serving fish from the most sustainable sources. MCS, the UK’s leading marine charity, has improved the functionality of the website which operates alongside updated versions of […]

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The European Commission has expressed significant reservations about Member States’ achievements to date in implementing the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.  The Commission’s recent analysis of the first phase of MSFD implementation shows that much more progress needs to be made to “avoid an insufficient, inefficient, piecemeal and unnecessarily costly approach to the protection of the […]

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BBC Online ‘Plans have been submitted for a £850m tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay which could provide power for 120,000 homes for 120 years. Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Ltd says it is the first step towards developing technology that could meet 10% of the UK’s electricity needs from the tides. The six-mile-long U-shaped seawall will […]

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Engineering Natures Way Written By: Alex Stephenson Director, UK Stormwater Division, Hydro International ‘It seems almost unbelievable. Yet another SuDS delay. Six years after 2007 floods that prompted ‘urgent action’ and right in the midst of more severe storms and floods, the Government has confirmed it will not meet its target of implementing SuDS regulations […]

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