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Environment Policy S-MPA-4

Until the ecological coherence of the marine protected area network is confirmed17, proposals should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate adverse impacts on features18 that may be required to complete the network
d) if it is not possible to mitigate adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

Policy Considerations

  1. Proposals should demonstrate that they have considered features which may be required to complete the marine protected area network as described in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 ( Section 123(2)).
  2. The features to consider are restricted to Features of Conservation Importance (FOCI) identified by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Annex I habitats identified by the Habitats Directive, and the S41 list identified in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act. More information is available from 
    Features of Conservation Importance
    Annex 1 habitats 
    Species listed under S41 
    ​- Oslo/Paris Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic 
  3. Contribution to the ecological coherence of the network will be complete when the network as described in theMarine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Section 123(2)) is complete. At this time proposals will no longer be required to demonstrate compliance with S-MPA-4, but they should be aware of broader biodiversity requirements under s-BIO-4.