Offshore SAC designation process

 
 
Area of Search fulfils the Annex III SAC Selection Criteria
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JNCC draft documentation supporting recommendation of the area as an SAC
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Inter-Agency Marine Protected Areas Technical Group and Chief Scientists Group provide comment on proposal
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JNCC Committee approves proposal
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Area is formally recommended to Government by JNCC
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Draft SAC (dSAC)

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Government gain approval for dSAC to proceed to consultation
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Possible SAC (pSAC)

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Impact Assessments and consultation document produced. Pre-consultation meetings with stakeholders conducted.
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12 week public consultation
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JNCC produce a report of responses to the consultation
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JNCC discuss conclusions of consultation and revise pSAC proposals in light of additional scientific data provided during the consultation if necessary
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JNCC formally recommend revised pSAC proposals to Government
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Government gain approval for onwards submission of pSAC to the European Commission
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Natura 2000 Data Form and GIS data for pSAC sent to the European Commission
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Candidate SAC (cSAC)

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JNCC establish draft Conservation Objectives for the cSAC and advise Competent Authorities on appropriate management actions
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Competent Authorities must manage site in accordance with Offshore Habitat Regulations (as amended)
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European Commission approves site
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Site of Community Importance (SCI)

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JNCC establish formal Conservation Objectives for the cSAC and advise Competent Authorities on appropriate management actions
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UK Government designates site as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
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Special Area of Conservation (SAC)