Environment Evidence 2019

Launching the Wales Marine Evidence Strategy

Swansea University, Bay Campus 17th – 19th September

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Day 1

Session 1a – Marine Structures and Invasive Non Native Species

Melanie Prentice – An integrated approach to understanding the marine invasive species, Didemnum vexillum, in the Irish Sea

Sophie Ward – Man-made structures as stepping stones for invasive non native species

Session 1b – Marine Structures and Invasive Non Native Species

Sam Holmes – Harbouring aliens: Ports as habitats for non-native species

Peter Lawrence – Coastal Planning: Can topography promote biodiversity?

Jessica Ware – Artificial Floating Islands in Marine Environments

Session 2a – Coastal Change, Adaptation and Resilience

Peter Robins – Future vulnerabilities of estuaries to climate change

Laurence Jones – Restoration of coastal dune wetlands: Using scientific monitoring to guide restoration techniques

Session 2b – Coastal Change, Adaptation and Resilience

Guy Walker-Springett – Linkages in the coastal zone through collaboration

Jamie Oaten – Coastal Squeeze Evidence and Monitoring Requirement Review

James Moon – 5 years of saltmarsh evolution at Cwm Ivy managed realignment site

Day 2
Day 3


Mike Elliott – Human impacts – A systems analysis approach for the sustainable and integrated management of Welsh marine areas

Information for delegates

Take a look at our programme and timetable below for information on themes, presentations and timings. We will have copies displayed around the venue but in an effort to save paper will not be providing paper copies for delegates. If you prefer a paper copy please print one and bring it with you.

Join the conversation with #MarineWales2019

The poster presentation and networking reception at the National Waterfront Museum on Tuesday evening is open to all (no need to book). This is a fantastic opportunity to meet colleagues, visit Swansea University’s new research vessel the Mary Anning and hear about Swansea’s maritime industrial heritage from Prof Louise Miskell. There is a regular bus service from the Bay Campus which stops a few minutes walk from the Museum.


Marine Spatial Planning Tuesday 17th September – 15:30 – 17:30

The Severn Estuary is a single waterbody subject to two marine planning systems across the English and Welsh borders, supporting a diverse range of ecosystem services, natural resources and human activities that do not always easily adhere to human administrative boundaries.

This session will take an interactive format through the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Challenge which has previously been used to support the process of Scottish Regional Marine Planning. It will challenge participants to respond to and plan for different development scenarios by considering the interactions between uses and stakeholder interests.  We will also explore the practical complexities of planning for a cross-border estuary that is covered by different policies, such as the Severn.

Offshore Renewable Energy Wednesday 18th September – 15:30 – 17:15 (Fully Booked)

Wales’ natural resources give huge potential for wind, wave and tidal energy generation within our waters. However, Wales’ natural environment is also highly valued and protected, and we need to ensure it is sustainably managed for future generations to enjoy.

This workshop will explore evidence gaps relating to environmental impacts of increased deployment of offshore renewable energy schemes. Outputs of the workshop will inform strategic evidence gathering and will play a key role in enabling sustainable blue growth in Wales.

The session will conclude with a round table discussion on the leadership and funding of strategic evidence programmes for marine renewable energy in Wales. We will consider options available through existing programmes as well as the establishment of a bespoke programme for Wales.  

Marine Social Sciences Thursday 19th September – 12:45 – 14:15

Our Welsh seas and coasts support rich and diverse ecosystems, habitats and landscapes, providing numerous benefits to communities and individuals across Wales.  Recent changes to Welsh national legislation have increased the need to understand the human dimensions of the seas and coastline, and to ensure that these factors are taken into consideration in decision making, management and governance.

Through a facilitated discussion, this workshop will identify existing challenges, highlight potential pathways to impact for sustainable marine management in Wales, and identify next steps and priorities for the future, through the following questions:

  1. What are the challenges of integrating marine social sciences into the wider marine evidence base?
  2. How can marine social sciences be used to support SMNR, the Welsh National Marine Plan and the ambitions of related governance?
  3. What should the priorities be for a forward thinking marine social science research agenda in Wales?

Stay in touch

Please make sure you stay updated with any new developments on the Environment Platform Wales website. For any conference related enquiries, please contact the EP Wales team directly on: Sue.Cody@epwales.org.uk /Gemma.TF@epwales.org.uk

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