9 July 2018
Chichester and Bognor Green Party encourages everyone to read and sign the petition below, from Sussex Wildlife Trust. Protecting the natural environment is in the interests of us all.
Many of you will already know that we are now in the public consultation for the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones in England. This has been a long time coming, having originally been expected last summer; however the time has now come, and I need your help to back our campaign to get these sites designated for protection.
I hope you all know why we so desperately need more Marine Conservation Zones is, however if not I’ve put together a handy blog piece on what they are, how we got to the stage of Tranche 3, and more importantly why and how you should help. This can be found here: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/marine-conservation-zones-the-story-so-far
We’ve already had 6 MCZs designated here in Sussex, but this tranche could mean we get another three, which would be brilliant news for our local marine environment and a step towards the ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas around the UK. The government does have an obligation to designate sites following this consultation, however they will be taking into account the view of the public and there is likely to be some opposition from some stakeholder groups, meaning that there is a chance of losing some sites if there is not sufficient support. It is highly unlikely that there will be further MCZs designated in the foreseeable future, so this really is the ‘last chance saloon’ for these sites to be afforded the protection they need.
If you'd like to read further information on the sites proposed for designation here in Sussex, please visit: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/MCZ
What can you do to help?
I'm working with other Wildlife Trusts around the country to champion the proposed MCZs and get as much support for these sites as possible. We've got a fantastic online resource called Wave Of Support which gives you a really easy way of sending your support directly to the government. You can get involved on The Wildlife Trusts website.
If you'd like to submit your own response directly to Defra you can do so via the government website, where you can also find the official consultation documents.
We will of course be spreading the word via social media, so please feel free to share and continue to spread the word among friends and family. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 20th July, so all responses need to be made by then.