WWF regards the north-east Atlantic as one of the most biologically important regions on the planet, and the Celtic Sea is part of it. Through the PISCES project WWF aims to develop and implement policies at EU level. These polices will lead to better protection of the wide array of unique species which inhabit the sea and better management of land, water and living resources for people who depend on it. Your support will help to protect and manage the beauty and biodiversity of the Celtic Sea.
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The Celtic Sea is surrounded by the English Channel, St George‚Äôs Channel and the Bristol Channel as well as portions of Wales, Cornwall, Devon and Brittany. The sea is teeming with an immense variety of species including sharks, dolphins, seals and whales, and also marine species one usually associates with more exotic waters such as cold water corals, kelp forests, long snouted seahorses and leatherback turtles. But a wide range of activities take place in and around the area: fishing, shipping, marine renewable energy and aggregate extraction, along with thousands of tourists who visit the coastline for recreational and leisure activities every year. The health of the Celtic Sea and its species is under threat from the risk of over-use by those and other related human activities. A better overview is needed of all activities to ensure they are compatible with each other and enable the sustainable use of marine resources. Through the PISCES project, WWF aims to develop and implement policies at EU level that will lead to the better protection for the wide array of unique species which inhabit the sea, and a better management of land, water and living resources for the people who depend on it. WWF has committed to raise ¬£250,000 for this ambitious and important programme this year. This is to match funds from the EU. Your support will help to protect and manage the beauty and biodiversity of the Celtic Sea. HOW YOU CAN HELP ¬£1000 can pay to conduct a crucial analysis to identify similar projects, which have been conducted by WWF or the EC in the past. This is important for learning lessons from other projects in order to ensure high efficiency and avoid duplication. ¬£2000 can pay to establish a network of target stakeholders (20-25 people) in the Celtic Sea, which will represent the key marine sectors‚Äô interests. These stakeholders will commit to communicate the results of the project to their broader constituency, and thus will promote good governance in the Celtic Sea sub-region. ¬£5000 can pay for the organisation and running of a training workshop for stakeholders in important topics such as marine spatial planning and EU and international marine policies. These workshops with stakeholder groups are important to ensure a similar level of baseline knowledge for future discussions and decision processes. ¬£7000 can pay for the monitoring and evaluation of the programme. This will be integral to the effective implementation of the project. It will ensure that the project is on track with time, expenditure, implementation of actions, delivery of results, and risk management. ¬£24,000 will fund the project web-site. A project website will be established, which will utilise the latest technology to facilitate online seminars and discussion forums. The website will be one of the main vehicles through which the project will be promoted to external audiences, and will contain all documents for members.
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