Severn Estuary Strategy
2016 Severn Estuary Strategy Consultation is now CLOSED
The Severn Estuary Partnership has recently closed the public consultation on the Severn Estuary Strategy (3rd November). The Partnership would like to thank those for their detailed comments and feedback on the consultation draft. We will be publishing a response to the consultation here in January 2017 and this will be publicised via our E-news. The aims of this Strategy are to:
- update & streamline the 2001 Severn Estuary Strategy;
- provide a strategic policy framework for the Severn Estuary;
- provide context to inform and support decision-making; and,
- facilitate the Marine & Coastal Act (2009) obligations related to cross-border integration, land-sea integration and taking an ecosystem-based approach to management.
This Strategy is guided by a Vision, which sets out what we (and you) would like the estuary to look like in the future. The document is split under five key Principles (outlined below), based on the UK High-Level Marine Objectives. Under each Principle are a series of Objectives, Outcomes and Actions. A Habitats Regulation Assessment of the Actions has been carried out. The Strategy will have a 10-year timeframe between 2016-2026, but will be flexible enough to change priorities in light of any new and emerging evidence.
The Actions outlined in this Strategy will be taken forward and incorporated into the new SEP Business Plan (2017-2022). The Strategy consultation process will inform the priorities for SEP to focus on over the next 5-year period. The timeline for publishing the SEP Business Plan is Spring 2017.
It has taken account of the latest legislation, policies and plans from a local to international scale and has followed best practice from other UK Coastal Partnerships and cross-border institutions, such as the Gulf of Maine Council.
The Partnership has developed the Strategy over an 18-month period (April 2015 to September 2016). We have been working with key Severn Estuary stakeholders and policy-makers throughout this process and have facilitated three workshops to gain input:
- The Strategy Vision (Newport, May 2015)
- The Way Forward (Bristol, September 2016)
- Strategy Outcomes & Aims (Chepstow, May 2016)
The consultation period ran for 6 weeks, starting on 22nd September and ending on 3rd November.
If you have any further, more specific queries, please get in touch with us at Severn@Cardiff.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing your comments.