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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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Small Sites Metric (SSM) Consultation

    This consultation relates to the beta test version of the Small Sites Metric published by Natural England in July 2021. We are seeking feedback about the Small Sites Metric from users and other interested parties that will be used to shape and inform its further development prior to its... More
    Opened 7 July 2021
  • Biodiversity Metric 3.0 QGIS template and import tool

    We have developed a QGIS template and GIS data import tool to facilitate the bulk import of data into the Biodiversity Metric 3.0. This consultation seeks user feedback on these and the accompanying guidance. More
    Opened 7 July 2021
  • Sign-up for updates on Environmental Targets

    An important aspect of the Environment Bill is the power to set long-term, legally-binding environmental targets. Setting targets will provide a strong mechanism to deliver long-term environmental outcomes. This will build upon progress towards achieving the long-term vision of the 25 Year... More
    Opened 19 August 2020
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