Policy paper

Review of the statutory nature conservation body’s (SNCBs) advice to Defra on rMCZs

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This review process supports the provision of the highest quality scientific input to the Ministerial decisions on MCZ designations.



Final report of the Independent Expert Review Group established to review the protocols by which the advice of Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on Marine Conservation Zone site designations was formulated.

This Group also reviewed the advice itself.

Please note, however, that it does not include comments on Section 4.4 (Advice on recommended features not listed in the Ecological Network Guidance representativity guidelines) of the Advice. Section 4.4 was provided to the IERG much later than the rest of the draft Advice so, the IERG had insufficient time to adequately review this section prior to the submission of its final report.

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