2013 11 severn estuary partnership progress update - rhoda ballinger

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The Severn Estuary Forum is a key annual event in its eighth year and hosted by the Severn Estuary Partnership: an independent, estuary-wide initiative, involving all those interested in the management of the estuary, from planners to port authorities, fishermen to farmers.

This year’s Forum was opened by the Lord Mayor of Gloucester and supported by CIWEM. It focussed on a number of diverse topics, including the upper estuary; renewable energy possibilities; a review of the Severn Estuary Flood Risk Management Strategy; an overview of the operations and maintenance of the Severn River Crossings; Local Enterprise Partnerships; The Bristol Deep Sea Container Terminal; proposals for a Severnside Airport and Fisheries amongst others.

These engaging and exciting events are intended for all interested in learning about the latest research and policy developments dealing with the Severn Estuary and its future, and always guarantee a lively and informative day of presentations and talks. They offer a unique opportunity to learn from others, share ideas and participate in the management of the Severn Estuary.

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2013 11 severn estuary partnership progress update - rhoda ballinger

  1. 1. Severn Estuary Partnership Working in partnership for the future of the Severn Estuary The Severn Estuary Partnership: progress update Rhoda Ballinger Cardiff University – SEP host
  2. 2. Background to SEP • An independent, estuary wide initiative, initiated by local authorities & statutory agencies (1995) • Severn Estuary Strategy (2001) – still provides a strategic management framework = vision?
  3. 3. Current Business Plan (2011 – 2016) • SEP roles: – Act as a coordinating body, ensuring effective communications between organisations & individuals – Promote & publicise the estuary – Add value & fill gaps, providing extra capacity – Establish ‘principles’ for the estuary for local delivery • Ambitious enough?
  4. 4. Coordination & communication
  5. 5. Coordination & communication • Central point of contact – SEP knows who knows! – Updating of SEP contacts database
  6. 6. Coordination & communication • Key outputs – e-news – consultations – Severn Tidings
  7. 7. Coordination & communication • New communication channels – Facebook – Twitter SevernEstuaryPartnership @SevernEstuary www.severnestuary.net/sep
  8. 8. Coordination & communication • Events – Joint Advisory Committee – Annual Forum (8th)
  9. 9. Other estuary coordination • Continued support for estuary-wide groups / strategies: – ASERA – BCSEG – SECG • Action Plan monitoring – Severn Estuary Flood Risk Management Strategy • Review of consultations • But a hierarchy?
  10. 10. Promote & publicise the estuary
  11. 11. Promote & publicise the estuary • State of the Severn Estuary Report 2011 • State of the Severn Reporting – Progress with Report Cards – Proforma for annual updating information – Rhys Morgan (NRW) • Measuring effectiveness?
  12. 12. Promote & publicise the estuary • Website development • Updating Who’s Who web pages
  13. 13. Promote & publicise the estuary • Website development – Continued development of Flickr – The new Estuary web pages • Assistance of SEP partners
  14. 14. A taste of the new web pages … 16 14 12 10 % 8 6 4 2 0 -2 Population increases between 2001 & 2011
  15. 15. Adding value & filling gaps
  16. 16. Adding value & filling gaps • Project work – CPN / MMO report – Work with PCF for Welsh Government • political aspects?
  17. 17. Establish ‘principles’ for the estuary
  18. 18. Establish ‘principles’ for the estuary • Our vision? • Learning from our European projects – DELTANET project – IMCORE legacy – SIC-Adapt • Learning from our UK projects & network – CPN/ MMO – CPN
  19. 19. Future Directions
  20. 20. Future Directions • The new estuary web pages … • The SEP/ ASERA new officer – An opportunity for review? • SEP Business Plan • SEP approach, projects & outputs • Brian’s points ... • SEP partner role • Remember … SEP = PARTNERSHIP – Role of partners … – Not just money! • (powers, sovereignty…)
  21. 21. Thank you ... • Especially – – – – SEP team (Paul, Gwil) SEP placement students (Lucy, Zoe, Claudia, Em ma, Adam) SEP Forum sub-group (Rhys, John, Rob) EARTH staff/ postgrads (Alun, Azmath, Briony, D ebby, Tom, Piers)
  22. 22. Any questions? • http://www.severnestuary.net/sep/index.html • severn@cardiff.ac.uk SevernEstuaryPartnership @SevernEstuary www.severnestuary.net/sep

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