2013 09 life n2 k & ipens - jennifer kelly


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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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  • The Severn Estuary supports a wide range of habitats and species of International importance for nature conservationThe site was designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in 2005 for the 5 habitats and 3 species in the top box:SPA or Special Protection Area was Designated in 1995. Severn is one most important estuaries in the UK for overwintering wildfowl & waders.The estuary regularly supports over 20,000 birds, with over 80,000 individual waterfowl recorded in the winter seasons. The site is also designated as a Ramsar site, the features of which overlap with the SAC and SPA: and there are also SSSIs: the country's very best wildlife and geological sites. There are 3 within the Estuary. Severn Estuary, Bridgwater Bay and Steepholm. For the purpose of the LIFE programmes we will be focussing on SAC and SPA features.Designated under the EC Directive 93/43/EEC on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora, for their areas supporting rare, endangered or threatened species of plant or animal (other than birds) and important habitats. The estuaries feature also covers: hard substrate habitats including eel grass beds, & assemblage of fish species & waterfowl species The intertidal mudflats and sandflats, saltmarsh, shingle and rocky shore habitats bordering the estuary, are also protected within the SPA as they support the bird species. (High densities of invertebrates are an important food source). Over winter the area regularly supports: Bewick’s Swan , Gadwall, European white-fronted goose, Dunlin, Shelduck, Redshank .Assemblage qualification - over winter regularly supports 84,317 waterfowl including: Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Pochard, Tufted duck, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Curlew, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank
  • What’s involved…how are we going to deliver this strategic thinking…This table and the one on the following slide give you our key outputs, their purpose, and an idea of the timeframes for delivery on the two projectsOur first task was Evidence gathering which ran concurrently and has already been completed on both projects – this has given us a sound evidence base of issues and risks affecting Natura 2000 sites. We’ll look to build on this throughout the projects.We’re currently reviewing and developing measures or mechanisms - we’re looking at how we address our issues and risks and identifying new approaches to improve management and looking at costing these actions and identifying funding sources.
  • 2013 09 life n2 k & ipens - jennifer kelly

    1. 1. Severn Estuary Partnership Forum Introduction to LIFE N2K and IPENS LIFE+ Programmes: Delivering Improvements for the Severn Estuary Natura 2000 Site Natural Resources Wales Jennifer Kelly, Marine Co-ordinator jennifer.kelly@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
    2. 2. Introduction • Severn Estuary Natura 2000 Site • Introduction to the LIFE+ Programmes • Improvement Plan & Opportunities
    3. 3. Introduction LIFE+ Natura 2000 Programme for Wales (LIFE N2K) Natural Resources Wales Improvement Programme for England’s Natura 2000 Sites (IPENS) LIFE+ Project Natural England in partnership with Environment Agency LIFE+ is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Natura 2000 (N2K) is an EU wide network of nature protection areas established under the 1992 Habitats Directive (SAC) and 1979 Birds Directive (SPA), designated for important features.
    4. 4. Our natural treasures…
    5. 5. Aspirations of the Programmes • Significant progress towards favourable condition. • Facilitate improved delivery of management. • Obtain improved levels of funding. • Integrate Natura 2000 into other financial instruments and policy areas. • Identify key gaps in evidence and management. • Gather best available knowledge and gain support from stakeholder representatives.
    6. 6. Severn Estuary Natura 2000 Site (European Marine Site) SAC Estuary Mudflats and sandflats (intertidal) Atlantic salt meadows Sandbanks (subtidal) Reefs (Sabellaria -biogenic) Sea lamprey River lamprey Twaite shad SPA Internationally important numbers of passage & overwintering birds (and supporting habitats). Ramsar Features overlap with SAC & SPA SSSI Saltmarsh; Reedbed; Intertidal mudflats; Vascular plants; Invertebrate assemblages; Grazing marsh; Aggregations of non-breeding birds.
    7. 7. Introduction to LIFE+ Programmes LIFE N2K IPENS Natural Resources Wales Natural England in partnership with Environment Agency £1 million budget – 50% EU LIFE+, £2.8 million budget - 50% EU LIFE+ 50% Natural Resources Wales September 2012 – December 2014 January 2013 – January 2015 7 members of staff 9 members of staff Marine & Estuarine, Freshwater & Wetland, and Terrestrial environments and Species across Natura 2000 sites Developing a new strategic approach for managing Natura 2000 sites in England and Wales.
    8. 8. What is involved? Output Purpose LIFE N2K Timeframe IPENS Timeframe Gather evidence on issues and risks (pressures & threats) affecting Natura 2000 Sites • Gather data/information to create a sound evidence base Dec 2012 – Jun 2013 Dec 2012 – Jun 2013 Mar 2013 – Jan 2014 Mar 2013 – Feb 2014 • Identify appropriate ways of Review and develop addressing issues and risks measures/mechanisms to • Identify costings, funding address issues, and sources and timeframes for funding arrangements action
    9. 9. What is involved? Output Purpose LIFE N2K IPENS Timeframe Timeframe Produce Improvement Plans (for sites) and Theme Plans (for strategic issues) • To present the information in useful formats for site users and strategic planners Oct 2013 – Sep 2014 Develop a functional IT tool to hold information • Hold information on costings and funding sources • Improve how we generate reports on required actions Developed throughout the programmes Compile overall Implementation Plan (IPENS)/Strategic programme of Work for Wales (LIFE N2K) • To draw together information Jul 2014 – Jan to inform strategic decision 2015 making and large funding bids Oct 2013 – Dec 2014 Apr 2014 – Mar 2015
    10. 10. Severn Estuary Improvement Plan Improvement Plan for the Severn Estuary Natura 2000 site will be produced working with NRW which will identify: – issues and risks (pressures & threats) impacting on and/or threatening the condition of the site – measures (actions & funding) to address them – how much it will cost and potential funding sources – key stakeholders who need to take action
    11. 11. Severn Estuary Improvement Plan • Management scheme will be used • Work closely with representatives • Include both SAC and SPA features
    12. 12. Opportunities • Improved management and strategic planning • Better funding • Integrated projects
    13. 13. Further information • Websites LIFE N2K: http://naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/our-work/aboutus/nrw-funded-projects/life-natura-2000- programme-wales IPENS: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ipens2000 • Newsletters • Output reports • Workshops • Meetings
    14. 14. Thank you for listening