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  • Call for Evidence on future management of Sandeels and Norway pout

    The UK Marine Strategy and the Fisheries Act 2020 highlight the importance of taking an ecosystem-based approach to the management of fisheries and the wider marine environment. Forage fish such as sandeels and Norway pout play a key role in the health of the wider marine ecosystem,... More
    Opened 22 October 2021
  • Consultation on WEEE Compliance Fee Methodology 2021

    The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 establish a system in which producers of equipment are required to finance the cost of collection, treatment, recovery and recycling of WEEE arising from private households. The WEEE Regulations establish a system of annual... More
    Opened 21 October 2021
  • Open access restriction at Ludham and Potter Heigham Marshes NNR (case number 2016088212) 2

    The Broads Authority is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered... More
    Closed 18 October 2021
  • Commercial and Non-Commercial Movements of Pets into Great Britain

    We are seeking your views on the government’s proposed changes to the rules governing the commercial and non-commercial movement of pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) into Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) This does not include Northern Ireland. This is a joint consultation being issued... More
    Closed 16 October 2021
  • Government's strategic priorities for Ofwat

    We are seeking your views on a new strategic policy statement (SPS) for Ofwat, which sets out the government’s strategic priorities for Ofwat’s regulation of the water sector in England. In accordance with Section 2A of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended), the... More
    Closed 15 October 2021
  • Consultation on amendments to the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

    This online survey is asking for views on a proposed restriction on the use of four phthalates in the manufacture of medical devices and monitoring and control equipment. This restriction is in the interests of public health and environmental protection. These substances have long been of... More
    Closed 12 October 2021
  • Open access restriction at Cheriton Wood (case number 2006040060) (2)

    South Downs National Park Authority is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or... More
    Opened 8 October 2021
  • Open access restriction at Wayside Farm (Lower Horseshoes) case number 2006100011

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common... More
    Closed 30 September 2021
  • Open access restriction at Chawley Manor (case numbers 2012026254, 2006070033 and 2006040177)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common... More
    Closed 30 September 2021
  • MPA compensation guidance consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the Best practice guidance for developing compensatory measures in relation to Marine Protected Areas, a future approach to strategic compensation, and how net gain and compensation can work together to deliver the best outcomes for the marine environment. ... More
    Closed 30 September 2021
  • Changes to the regulatory framework for abstraction and impounding licensing in England: Moving into the Environmental Permitting Regulations regime

    We are moving the regulation of abstraction and impounding licensing into the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 [1] in 2023. This consultation covers all abstraction and impounding licences regulated by the Environment Agency. The Government’s 2017 Water... More
    Opened 29 September 2021
  • Consultation on Amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as applied to Groundwater Activities and related Surface Water Discharge Activities

    We plan to make some changes to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as they apply to groundwater activities and some related surface water discharge activities. This consultation seeks your views on the proposed changes. More
    Opened 29 September 2021
  • Consultation on proposed changes to UK Wine Legislation

    This consultation seeks your views on three issues. First, on the Government’s proposals to remove the requirement for wine imported to Great Britain to be accompanied by a VI-1 certificate. Second, on proposed c hanges to the Food (Lot Marking) Regulations 1996... More
    Closed 29 September 2021
  • A Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain

    This consultation has been launched by the governments of England, Scotland and Wales to inform Great Britain’s (GB) approach to plant biosecurity over the next five years. Your response will help inform the new GB Plant Biosecurity Strategy that will be published in 2022. More
    Opened 21 September 2021
  • Enforcement of the Ivory Act 2018

    In 2018 the Government introduced legislation that would ban commercial dealing in elephant ivory in the UK. The resulting Ivory Act 2018 (hereafter “the Act”) received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018. It supports the Government’s objective of protecting elephants for future generations by... More
    Closed 19 September 2021
  • Call for Evidence - Labelling for Animal Welfare

    One of the first things I did as a minister was to take the Agriculture Bill through Parliament. Now the Agriculture Act 2020, it has given us the legislative framework to set the basis for future farming policy. We will support farmers to improve the environment, increase animal health and... More
    Opened 13 September 2021
  • Dearne Valley Wetlands SSSI

    Dearne Valley Wetlands is notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 13 May 2021. Dearne Valley Wetlands SSSI is an area of post-industrial urban fringe in South Yorkshire, near Barnsley, and comprises large areas of open water and associated wetland and woodland habitat... More
    Closed 13 September 2021
  • Open access restriction at Wood End Hubberholme (case number 2004120016)

    The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or... More
    Closed 12 September 2021
  • Open access restriction at Grassington Moor (case number 2004120076)

    The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or... More
    Closed 12 September 2021
  • Open access restriction at Quarry Wood (case number 2005010080)

    The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or... More
    Closed 12 September 2021
  • Consultation on extending the Ivory Act to other species

    We are launching this consultation to seek your views on whether the Government should bring forward legislation to extend the ban on the commercial dealing of elephant ivory in the UK to other ivory bearing species (non-elephant ivory). In the 25 Year Environment Plan, the UK... More
    Closed 11 September 2021
  • Consultation on amending the Civil Procedure Rules to establish environmental review

    We are inviting your views on amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) which will be required to establish environmental review in the High Court. Environmental review will be the bespoke litigation mechanism for the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) and is provided for in the... More
    Closed 6 September 2021
  • UK Marine Strategy Part Three: Programme of Measures

    Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the updated programme of measures for the UK’s seas for each of the UK Marine Strategy descriptors. The UK Marine Strategy Regulations 2010 require the UK to take the necessary... More
    Opened 6 September 2021
  • Latent capacity in the over 10m scallop and shellfish fleet

    We are now an independent coastal State. We are committed to developing a world-class fisheries management system. It will embrace sustainable fishing and support a diverse, profitable and sustainable fleet which serves the needs of coastal communities and the UK economy. One... More
    Closed 30 August 2021
  • Management of Under 15m Scallop Fleet

    We are now an independent coastal State. We are committed to developing a world-class fisheries management system. It will embrace sustainable fishing and support a diverse, profitable and sustainable fleet which serves the needs of coastal communities and the UK economy. One... More
    Closed 30 August 2021
  • Consultation on approach to beaver reintroduction and management in England

    We are seeking your views on our proposed approach to further reintroductions of beavers in England and the management of the species in the wild. The consultation sets out our proposed approach, including in relation to future releases into the wild, current and future releases into... More
    Opened 25 August 2021
  • Fisheries: UK Celtic Sea Nephrops-directed fisheries technical measures

    The government’s objectives in the Celtic Sea mixed fishery are to improve selectivity in the fishery as a whole, help enable depleted stocks such as cod and whiting to recover, and to enable the continuation of a sustainable fishery. Following engagement with industry, the UK developed a... More
    Closed 13 August 2021
  • Direct Payments to farmers: Lump sum exit scheme and delinked payments in England

    Foreword There are many things that make the farming business unique but one of the most powerful is that most farmers have an emotional connection with their land. For farmers, home is more than just the house they live in. In many cases land has been in the same family for generations.... More
    Closed 11 August 2021
  • Local Nature Recovery Strategies: how to prepare and what to include

    Executive summary Local Nature Recovery Strategies are a new, England-wide system of spatial strategies that will establish priorities and map proposals for specific actions to drive nature’s recovery and provide wider environmental benefits. The requirement for there to be... More
    Opened 10 August 2021
  • Open Access Restriction at Blind Sike (case number 2021069441)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common... More
    Closed 8 August 2021
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