Conserve the marine environment
Last updated: 04:13pm 29 November 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.62
We will continue our work to conserve the marine environment off the coast of the United Kingdom.
According to the United Nations, human activities are increasingly threatening marine environments through climate change, pollution, extraction of resources, and destruction of habitats and landscapes. They conclude that:
“The deterioration of coastal and marine ecosystems and habitats is negatively affecting human well-being worldwide.”
This policy is a pledge to continue working to conserve the marine environment off the coast of the United Kingdom.
Since 2013, the government has addressed this issue through Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) to protect species and habitats. This has been in a devolved manner, with each country in the UK taking responsibility for their area.
In England, there are 91 MCZs, with 41 designated since the 2017 general election. These additions represented the final stage of rolling out MCZs, which made use of local knowledge to find appropriate areas. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have made varying but extensive progress on this issue.
Of the MCZs added by the government since 2017, not all have been granted OSPAR status. This means that OSPAR, the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic, has not verified a number of MCZs yet.
The government has added 41 Marine Conservation zones, honouring its pledge to “continue” efforts to protect the UK marine environment. This policy is ‘done’.
- Marine conservation zone designations in England – Gov.uk
- Marine Protected Area Mapper – Gov.uk
- Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas Scotland – Scottish Natural Heritage
- Marine protected areas Wales – Natural Resources Wales
- Marine Conservation Zones – Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
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