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PEMBROKESHIRE MARINE SPECIAL AREA OF CONSERVATION

RELEVANT AUTHORITIES GROUP

PURPOSE & TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation Relevant Authorities Group will:

- to contunuously review and develop a management scheme to achieve the conservation objectives for the SAC,  which has the widest possible public understanding, agreement and ownership; and

- whilst recognising that decision making remains the responsiblity of the individual relevant authorities, provide a means to assist those authorities in making decisions appropriate to the conservation requirements of the site.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

1   The Relevant Authorities Group is established in accordance with Government guidance[1].

2   The membership of the Group will comprise all of the Relevant Authorities, as defined in the Habitats Regulations[2], for the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation.[3]

3   The Group will establish a Management Scheme for the Pembrokeshire Marine European Marine Site as provided for in Regulation 34 of the Habitats Regulations and as outlined in DETR/Welsh Office guidance.  The Group will publish and disseminate a Management Scheme document.

4   No Relevant Authority will have authority over any of the others.   The roles of Chair and Secretariat of the group will be undertaken by agreement to assist the activities of the Group. 

5   The Group will have no authority over any of the functions, duties or responsibilities of the member Relevant Authorities.  Each of the Relevant Authorities is jointly and equally empowered to establish a Management Scheme in partnership with the others. 

6.  The Relevant Authorities will exercise their functions so as to secure compliance with the requirements of the Habitats Directive[4].

7   The Group will ensure that there is wide participation in developing and ownership of the management scheme by:

    enabling and encouraging the creation of an advisory / liaison forum and establishing links with existing relevant groups and fora;

    consultation with competent authorities who are not also relevant authorities;

    publication of appropriate information on the development and establishment of the scheme.

8   The Group may:

    establish such groups as will contribute to the wide participation in the development of the management scheme; and/or

    undertake such projects as are considered conducive to the development of the management scheme.

9   The Group will keep these Terms of Reference under review.



[1]European Marine Sites in England & Wales.  A Guide to the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c) Regulations 1994 and to the Preparation and Application of Management Schemes.  DETR/Welsh Office.  ISBN 1 85112 087 4

[2]The Conservation (Natural Habitats &c) Regulations 1994 (SI No 2716)

[3]The meaning of 'Relevant Authority' is as defined in Regulation 5 of the Habitats Regulations.  For the Pembrokeshire Marine site these comprise: Countryside Council for Wales, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Environment Agency, Milford Haven Port Authority, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire County Council, Trinity House, Welsh Assembly Government.

[4]Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora


SIR BENFRO FOROL
ARDAL CADWRAETH ARBENNIG
PEMBROKESHIRE MARINE
SPECIAL AREA OF CONSERVATION