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General advice on assessing potential impacts of and mitigation for human activities on MCZ features, using existing regulation and legislation 2011


In fulfilling our obligations under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to support the Regional MCZ Projects, JNCC and Natural England produced this package of advice providing a general assessment of potential impacts that human activities could have on habitats and species to be protected by Marine Conservation Zones, as listed in the Ecological Network Guidance, in the absence of Marine Conservation Zones but under existing regulations and legislation. Also included is advice on hypothetical plausible mitigation that may be required to avoid damage or disturbance to these habitats and species.

Whilst we have endeavoured to make these assessments as fit for purpose as possible, including seeking external review, it is generalised with the aim of supporting discussions and variations will occur on a site-to site basis. For individual Marine Conservation Zones the advice should be used alongside site specific information, local knowledge and with the support from the relevant statutory conservation adviser. Therefore, this advice does not prejudge decisions of, nor bind Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies or regulatory authorities in any way.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2011··

Produced by Natural England and JNCC to fulfil their obligations under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 to provide advice and guidance to stakeholders and public authorities on the impacts of human activities on Marine Conservation Zones

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·04·08

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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