The Solent Forum

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The Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive


The South East Waste Authority Planning Advisory Group

The South East Waste Authority Planning Advisory Group (SEWPAG) comprises Waste Planning Authorities (WPAs) in the south east of England, the Environment Agency, representatives from similar fora in London and the east of England and waste industry representation through the Environmental Services Association (ESA). It is a non-executive body, funded directly by the WPA members. The overall aim of SEWPAG is to ensure that meaningful, collaborative joint working between WPAs, the Environment Agency and the waste industry (represented by the ESA) within the South East of England on strategic waste management issues is undertaken diligently and on an ongoing basis for the mutual benefit of those authorities.


The Catchment Based Approach

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) works in partnership with Government, Local Authorities, Water Companies, businesses and more, to maximise the natural value of our environment. CaBA partnerships are actively working in all 100+ river catchments across England and cross-border with Wales, directly supporting achievement of many of the targets under the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

Solent  Marine Sites Management

The Solent Forum manages the secretariat for the Solent Marine Site (SEMS) Scheme of Management. The SEMS Annual Monitoring has identified that there is concern amongst some Statutory Authorities (Relevant Authorities to SEMS) in the Solent about the impacts of littering. Although at present there has not been a proven link that littering is having an adverse effect on SEMS at a site level, it is important to acknowledge that on a national level evidence shows that littering is damaging the environment. In the Solent that there are the gaps in current knowledge with respect to both the direct and indirect impacts of litter and hotspots exist within the Solent's designated sites.

Marine Plans


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