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SEVERN ESTUARY - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    SEVERN ESTUARY
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2011
  • WDPA ID::
    555557156
  • WDPA PID::
    555557156
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General information

  • WDPA ID : 555557156
  • WDPA PID : 555557156
  • Name of MPA: SEVERN ESTUARY
  • Original name of MPA: Severn Estuary
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Designation in national language: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation in English: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation type: international
  • IUCN Category: Not applicable
  • Reported marine area: 222,68 km²
  • Calculated total area: 222,50 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 158,49 km²
  • Status: Designated
  • Status year: 2011
  • OSPAR region: Celtic Seas
  • Management authority name: Natural England/ Natural Resource Wales
  • Management authority web site:

  • OSPAR conservation objectives/aims:
    • Protect, conserve and restore species, habitats and ecological processes which have been adversely affected by human activities
    • Prevent degradation of, and damage to, species, habitats and ecological processes, following the precautionary principle
    • Protect and conserve areas that best represent the range of species, habitats and ecological processes in the maritime area
  • Site conservation objectives/aims:
    • To maintain, conserve or restore biodiversity, natural heritage, habitats, species or landscapes with legal protection status
    • To maintain key ecological functions (spawning areas, nursery grounds, feeding zones, resting areas, areas of high productivity, etc.)
  • Additional conservation objectives/aims: Data not reported

Marine species and habitats

Warning : Non-exhaustive list of species and habitats with statuses, provided by the manager.

  • Inventory of marine species present with protection status Data not reported
  • Inventory of marine habitats present with protection status Data not reported

Uses and activities

  • Human activities currently known to be occurring within the site:

Governance

  • Governing body:Data not reported
    • Structure(s) responsible for implementing management measures, the management plan and taking regulatory decisions and measures
      • National public authority: Data not reported
      • Regional or local public authority: Data not reported
      • International body : Data not reported

    Resources (staff, equipment and financial)

    • Number of permanent staff: Data not reported
    • Number of seasonal staff: Data not reported
    • Annual full-time equivalents: Data not reported
    • Number of MPA staff empowered to enforce the MPA regulations: Data not reported
    • Equipment and facilities available Data not reported
    • Average total annual budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual operating budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual equipment budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual external support budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Funding sources: Data not reported

    Management plan

    • Is the MPA management documented? Yes
    • Comments : Conservation objectives & advice on operations (published 2009). The SIP lists threats, pressures and actions. There is an EMS management plan (2011) and MMO strategic management table. Spatial information on magic mapping tool.
    • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? Partial
    • Comments : Licensable activities are subject to HRA which considers the likelihood of causing a threat or pressure and ensures mitigation where required. For non-licensable activities, not all identified actions have yet been implemented but are in progress.
    • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? Partial
    • Comments : Monitoring of feature abundance is in place, but little other attribute monitoring does not yet feed into the process. Compliance monitoring of conditions for licensable activities and management measures in place by responsible authorities.
    • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Partial
    • Comments : Condition assessments for SPA features are only available at national level currently. Maintain Conservation objectives for this site suggest the features might achieving or moving towards conservation objectives.
    • Number of management plan versions since the official designation of the MPA:

    Regulation

    • National legal status:
      • None
    • International legal status:
      • Birds Directive - WDPA ID = 555541858 - N2000 ID = UK9015022
    • Type of enforcement within the MPA: Data not reported
    • Human uses and activities in the MPA subject to regulations: None

    Monitoring

    • Type of monitoring programs implemented: Data not reported

    OSPAR criteria for designation

    • Ecological significance:
      • Important feeding, breeding, moulting, wintering or resting area
    • Level of importance of the biological diversity: Data not available
    • Level of representativity: High
    • Level of sensitivity: High
    • Level of naturalness: Data not available
    • Potential for restoration: Low / not significant
    • Degree of MPA acceptance by stakeholders: Medium
    • Potential for success of management measures: High
    • Potential future damage to the area by human activities: Low / not significant
    • Scientific value Medium

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      updated on 25/01/2019