Code of Practice for Species Control Provisions in Wales
Welsh Government is seeking consultation on a draft code of practice for Wales on new species control provisions.
As a result of changes introduced by the Infrastructure Act 2015, Welsh Ministers and Natural Resources Wales have new powers requiring owners to control invasive non-native species, and provisions may be applied to formerly resident native animals where they have been released unlawfully. The draft code of practice sets out how these provisions should be applied.
Wildlife Licensing: Comment on New Policies for European Protected Species Licences
Natural England and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs anre jointly seeking consultation on 4 new policies concerning the way in which European Protected Species (EPS) licencing is handled to reduce the risk of harm against these species from future development. These policies are:
- To allow greater flexibility on decisions to exclude or relocate EPS from development sites.
- To allow greater flexibility on the location of newly created habitats that compensate for habitats that will be lost.
- To allow EPS to have access to temporary habitats that will be developed at a later date.
- To allow appropriate and relevant surveys to be carried out where the impacts of development can be confidently predicted.
Views are sought from: local government; planners and developers; ecologists; wildlife charities; energy companies, and; other interested parties.
Changes to Water Abstraction Licensing Exemptions in England and Wales: New Authorisations
Defra, Welsh Government, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales are jointly seeking consultation on the proposed changes to water abstraction licensing exemptions in England and Wales.
The consultation concerns the intended approach to remove most exemptions from water abstraction licensing and to bring these abstractions under licensing control.
For more information on this consultation, click here. This consultation ends on 8th April 2016.
Proposed New Marine Special Areas of Conservation an Special Protection Areas (Wales)
Natural Resources Wales is seeking consultation on proposals for a number of proposed Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) for the conservation of Harbour Porpoises, and proposed Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for the conservation of a number of species of seabirds.
SACs and SPAa are designated under EU Directives which aim to conserve biodiversity across the European Union and together form the “Natura 2000” network of European conservation sites.
For more information on this consultation, click here. This consultation ends on 19th April 2016.
UK Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment 3 (OESEA3)
The Department for Energy and Climate Change is seeking consultation on a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of a draft plan/programme to enable future renewable leasing for offshore wind, wave and tidal devices and licensing/leasing for seaward oil and gas rounds, hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide gas storage.
For more information on this consultation, click here. This consultation ends on 29th April 2016.
Severn Estuary Partnership Consultations
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