North Devon Marine Pioneer
The North Devon Marine Pioneer is one of 4 pioneers that will be used to test innovative ideas for governance of the environment - to inform the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. To do this we will be using the Natural Capital Approach – natural capital consists of the stocks of natural assets (geology, soil, air, water and living things), that provide benefit people.
The Biosphere's inclusion in two of the Defra Pioneers (Landscape and Marine) is testament to our effective partnership working and success in pushing forward projects to improve this area's environment and deliver the associated economic and social benefits.
What is the aim of the North Devon Marine Pioneer?
Marine Management Organisation - Marine Pioneer web page
Aisling's Blog - hear from the National Marine Pioneer Programme Manager
South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic prosperity (SWEEP) - will develop natural capital assessment tools and approaches to support the management of the Marine Pioneer area
WWF - UK SEAS - looking at North Devon's Marine Protected Areas with Natural England
Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) and Blue Marine Foundation are focusing on North Devon's fisheries
What will we do?
How will we do this?
To test the approach we are developing a range of demonstration projects within the North Devon Marine Pioneer as well as benefiting from two major projects (SWEEP and WWF – UK SEAS) that are contributing to the North Devon Marine Pioneer.
The Marine Pioneer is supported nationally by the Marine Management Organisation but delivered locally by the Marine Pioneer Steering Group. The Biosphere’s marine working group (which is one of 7 working groups) inform the Steering group and help to deliver the vision and define what is needed for North Devon’s marine environment. We will also work closely with the Landscape Pioneer to test delivery across the land -sea boundary and the Suffolk Marine Pioneer to share ideas and lessons between the two sites.
Find out what we've done so far on our events page
Where is it?
The North Devon Marine Pioneer boundary (see map below) has been defined through work with the local fishing sector, where the boundary covers the Biosphere marine component and out to 20nm, dipping into Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) waters, and up to the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) at Bridgewater Bay. This was identified as the extent of fishing activity for the inshore fleet that lands in North Devon ports. It extends inland to 1km (to consider social and economic aspects) and up to the tidal limits in the Taw and Torridge rivers to join the boundary of the North Devon Landscape Pioneer.