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Publication: online environmental mapping and evidence packages for marine renewable energy and aquaculture in Wales

 

The Welsh Government has published online storyboard-style environmental mapping and evidence packages for the tidal stream, wave energy and aquaculture sectors.  Produced through the EMFF-funded Sustainable Management of Marine Natural Resources (SMMNR) project, the storyboards are available at Marine Evidence packages | GOV.WALES.

For each focus sector, the online storyboards present mapping of natural resources and environmental opportunities and associated sensitivities, supported by commentary on key ecological considerations.  The storyboards also provide contextual information on relevant policy, legislation and sources of guidance and an overview of consenting (including key consents and environmental assessments) relevant to the sector.

The SMMNR project received funding through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF, funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government).  Over the past three years, it has mapped natural resources and associated ecological sensitivities and considerations in relation to the tidal stream, wave energy and aquaculture sectors.  Further information about the project can be found at Sustainable management of marine natural resources | GOV.WALES.

The SMMNR project is part of wider work to develop a spatial approach to implementing the Welsh National Marine Plan, focused on key sectors with growth potential, such as certain emerging marine renewable energy technologies.  Work being taken forward includes the identification and safeguarding for future use, through Strategic Resource Areas, of key areas of resource relevant to these focus sectors.  The spatial approach also covers the development of Sector Locational Guidance signposting to environmental and socio-economic opportunities for development, together with accompanying considerations with potential to cause consenting complexity and a consideration of potential for co-existence between different sectors.

If you have any queries, or would like to discuss any aspects of this, please contact [email protected].

 

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