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    Online atlas to be launched at Coastal Futures 2006

    Publications // January 26, 2006

    A new online atlas which will replace outdated hard copy maps with constantly updated information for use helping to protect the environment from oil spills will be launched at the Coastal Futures 2006 conference in July.

    The ‘Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas’ contains environmental and other resource datasets covering the Great Britain coastline and marine areas of the UK Continental Shelf. It is designed as a living web based tool providing greater access to a wide range of information on coastal and marine resources and will aid both government and industry to better manage coastal resources and the seas around the UK coast.

    The atlas is the result of a two year project funded by UK private and public sector organisations led by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) along with other government agencies.

    The atlas is hosted by MAGIC, a web-based interactive mapping site, which draws together information on key environmental schemes and designations in one place.

    The atlas is expected to be an important tool to improve how the UK plans to manage the precious natural coastal and marine resources in times of marine emergencies but in the event of actual spills expert advice will always be sought. The project has been undertaken using both private and public sector funding working together and sharing information.

    For further information: www.magic.gov.uk/camra.html

    The project cost approx £200,000 of which Defra contributed £70,000. MAGIC is a partnership project involving eight government organisations who have responsibilities for rural policy-making and management, and although it has been designed to meet the needs of the partner organisations, the facility is available to anyone over the Internet.

    The atlas can be readily accessed via: www.magic.gov.uk. DEFRA and the MCA will have a stand Coastal Futures 2006 throughout the event. For further details about the Atlas visit the Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas page on the MAGIC website - www.magic.gov.uk/camra.html.

    The Coastal and Marine Resource Atlas was produced collaboratively by the following organisations:
    • Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
    • DEFRA
    • Scottish Executive (SE)
    • Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
    • Energy Institute (EI)
    • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
    • Environment Agency (EA)
    • English Nature (EN)
    • Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)
    • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
    • Hampshire County Council (HCC)
    • Essex County Council (ECC)
    • Kent County Council (KCC)

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