The South East Marine Programme, formed in 2000 by The Wildlife Trusts of South East England, is a partnership promoting marine conservation in South East England across the region, with the following aims:
- Developing the capacity of the Wildlife Trusts to contribute to both regional and national conservation of marine biodiversity
- Assisting the partner Trusts in raising awareness of the marine environment and the effects of anthropogenic impacts
- Lobbying for sustainable use of the marine environment
- Building relationships with national and local governments and authorities, industry and user groups
- Finding the best ways to achieve the Wildlife Trusts' vision for Living Seas
Representatives of all the Trusts in the region are involved in the South East Marine Programme and meet quarterly to coordinate our activities and develop and deliver our marine conservation aims for the region.
We work closely on supporting the designation of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), on measures to regulate damaging fishing practices in European Marine Sites and on the development of the South Marine Plan. We also collaborate on coordination of our marine survey work and the development of our marine awareness and education programmes.
Our marine advocacy work receives supporting funding from the Esmée Fairburn Trust which greatly enhances our ability to champion the marine environment.
The South East Marine Programme partner Trusts involved are:
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (Co-chair of the South East Marine Programme)
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Kent Wildlife Trust (Co-chair)
Surrey Wildlife Trust
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
Essex Wildlife Trust
London Wildlife Trust