Sustainable development demands that our seas are managed in a way that enables economic and social development, while respecting environmental limits and the ecosystem services from which many human benefits derive.

Balancing competing demands on the environment is a significant challenge.

ABPmer routinely advises Governments, advisory bodies and NGOs on marine environmental policy matters. We are at the forefront of policy development in Marine Spatial Planning, Marine Protected Area Planning and Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services.

We are a recognised authority in marine and coastal habitat creation, restoration and protection, experienced in overcoming the challenges to realise new initiatives. This includes projects to protect oyster beds, marshes, mudflats and seagrasses using multiple techniques such as managed realignment, sediment beneficial use and reef formation.

Assosiation of IFCA

The aim of the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (The Association) is to assist and promote the regional IFCAs to ensure that the authorities develop a leading and effective national role in fisheries and conservation management in line with the IFCA vision.

Coastal Partnerships Network

The Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN) exists to encourage the exchange of information and debate between Coastal Partnerships, and to establish links with other coastal stakeholders.

It seeks to offer increased opportunities for learning, collaboration, and influence, strengthening and supporting Coastal Partnerships and encouraging stronger representation of the value of their work at a national level. Coastal Partnerships are cross-sectoral, place-based partnerships, advocating implementation of the ecosystem approach, sustainable use of marine resources, and integrated, coordinated management across a stretch of coastline or estuarine system.

With more than 55 Coastal Partnerships currently in operation across the UK, together we have a wealth of expertise across all issues across the land/water interface and are skilled at community and public engagement.

The CPN works closely with the other key coastal fora: the Coastal Communities Alliance, the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group, and the National Coastal Tourism Academy – together we form the OneCoast coalition. We are also co-secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coastal Communities.


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has responsibility for food, farming, environmental, fisheries, forestry and sustainability policy and the development of the rural sector in Northern Ireland. 

The Department assists the sustainable development of the agri-food, environmental, fishing and forestry sectors of the Northern Ireland economy, having regard for the needs of the consumers, the protection of human, animal and plant health, the welfare of animals and the conservation and enhancement of the environment.

Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association

ECSA is very pleased to be a sponsor of the Ocean Recovery Conference which accords so well with our aims. This follows the successful REACH meeting last year from which the abstracts are on the ECSA website.
Founded in the UK in 1971, we are now an international organisation dedicated to the promotion and advancement of multidisciplinary research into all aspects of estuaries and coasts, and the application of science and technology for their sustainable environmental management.

Our vision is the generation of multidisciplinary knowledge required for the sustainable management and use of our estuaries and coasts. We have a focus on promoting young scientists and early career workers.

In 2021 we will mark our 50th anniversary with a specially commissioned volume looking to the future and a one-day celebration and conference. We shall also be holding one of our series of International conferences in the UK jointly with EMECS (Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas) in September at Hull University.

Why not join us? Do find out more by looking at our website: https://ecsa.international

Environment Agency

Our profession and passion is to create better places for people and wildlife. We do so by providing advice and guidance to Government and partners on how to manage our environment, whilst maximising benefits for people and nature. We support sustainable development and work with businesses and industry to sustainably manage our resources. We ensure our water environment is healthy, biodiverse, protected and restored, and is resilient to flooding and change from source to sea, catchment to coast. Check out the “journey to the sea” to understand the environments we are working in and the issues we face in creating a better place for people and wildlife: https://www.wwf.org.uk/journey-to-the-sea.

Human Nature

Human Nature empowers you to use social sciences for people and planet.  The ability to understand society is an essential part of conservation evidence and practice.  We support you to build your knowledge and confidence in using social sciences to have impact in your projects. 

We provide training to those working in the conservation and environment sectors so they can confidently understand and apply existing relevant social science research, as well as work more effectively with the public in relation to their agenda.

We offer mentoring and strategic guidance to leaders who want to use social sciences to support their organisations to meet conservation outcomes.

Human Nature is led by Dr Rebecca Jefferson, a researcher trained in both natural and social sciences, with over a decade’s experience of bringing interdisciplinary expertise to the public and private sectors as well as with national and international NGOs. 

Find out more about what we do at www.humannature.co.uk or contact us at [email protected]


With approximately 52,000 employees, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

Jacobs is a world leader in coastal and maritime projects with expertise covering:

  • Coastal habitat restoration, including wetlands, reefs, beaches and sand dunes
  • Living shoreline and nature-based solutions covering the full range of approaches and environments
  • Coastal resilience and climate change adaptation
  • Strategic coastal risk management planning
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Flood and coastal erosion risk assessment
  • Coastal storm damage reduction
  • Planning and design of shore protection schemes
  • Asset management
  • Coastal waterfront and offshore developments, including marinas, outfalls & artificial islands

Our coastal restoration and nature based solutions work around the world is based on sound engineering knowledge combined with specialist coastal science inputs covering both ecology and geomorphology. Completed projects include beach recharge, dune restoration, mangrove and saltmarsh restoration, reef restoration and the ecological enhancement of grey infrastructure. For coastal wetlands we scope, design, build and monitor projects to protect and enhance existing habitats as well as recreating new habitats. We have delivered flagship restoration projects for a range of clients around the world including the UK Environment Agency and the Nature Conservancy.


The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the statutory adviser to the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK and international nature conservation.

Its work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity and sustaining natural systems.

Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity working solely to protect our seas. Our vision is for seas full of life, where nature flourishes and people thrive. Science and people – our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners – are at the heart of everything we do. Our team is committed to strengthening ocean health, educating and empowering communities and working towards nature-friendly fisheries, for the benefit of planetary and human health.

Marine Management Organisation

Ambitious for our seas and coasts……MMO was created in 2010 by the Marine and Coastal Access Act, and has many achievements to be proud of. We will build on these past ten years as we enter a new decade with a fresh, bold vision for the future prosperity of our seas, coasts and communities.

Driven by government’s aim for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas, MMO’s purpose is to protect and enhance our precious marine environment, and support UK economic growth by enabling sustainable marine activities and development.

MMO manages 230,000 square kilometres of hugely diverse seas, almost double that of England’s land mass. Our seas are among the busiest in the world. We don’t always appreciate the extensive benefits we draw from them, whether for leisure, transport, commerce, fisheries, construction, energy and communications.

And critically, our seas provide significant environmental benefits. MMO will engage with our customers and stakeholders and together create ‘win-win’ outcomes that use the natural asset of the sea for the benefit of people and the economy, and ensure we protect and enhance our marine environment for future generations.

Natural England

Natural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. We help to protect and restore our natural world. Our purpose is to help conserve, enhance and manage the natural environment for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Our vision is ‘Thriving Nature for people and planet’. We aim to achieve this through our mission ‘Building partnerships for Nature’s recovery’.

Our priorities for 2020 to 2025 support our mission and the ambitions of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. We aim for:

  • a well-managed Nature Recovery Network across land, water and sea, which creates and protects resilient ecosystems rich in wildlife and natural beauty, enjoyed by people and widely benefiting society
  • people connected to the natural environment for their own and society’s wellbeing, enjoyment and prosperity
  • Nature-based solutions contributing fully to tackling the climate change challenge and wider environmental hazards and threats
  • improvements in the natural capital that drives sustainable economic growth, healthy food systems and prospering communities
  • evidence and expertise being used by a broad range of partnerships, organisations and communities to achieve Nature recovery and enable effective regulation and accreditation
  • being a values-led organisation that delivers excellent service standards to all partners, organisations and communities engaged in achieving Nature’s recovery


Natural Power

Natural Power is an independent consultancy and service provider that supports a global client base in the effective delivery of a wide range of renewable projects including offshore technologies, onshore wind, energy storage, renewable heat and solar.  It has a global reach, employing more than 400 staff across 13 international offices.  Its experience extends across all phases of the project lifecycle from initial feasibility, through construction to operations and throughout all stages of the transaction cycle.


OceanWise specialise in all aspects of marine environmental data acquisition, data management, GIS and other services.

We are an independent company using our expertise in marine data to solve offshore environmental and engineering challenges. Our unique knowledge and close relationships with instrument manufacturers, software vendors and standards bodies mean we are able to provide our customers with comprehensive, cost effective end-to-end marine and coastal data management and decision support.

The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate is a unique business with a distinct heritage and a portfolio unlike any other. It includes some of central London’s best places to work, shop and experience retail and leisure destinations across the country, a substantial rural portfolio and we are custodians of the Windsor Estate, including the iconic Windsor Great Park.

As manager of the seabed and half the foreshore around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we play a fundamental role in the sustainable development of this national asset, including the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector, marine aggregates, cables and pipelines. In 1961, the Crown Estate Act established us as an independent commercial business and tasked us with returning all our profit to the Treasury. Over the last ten years we have generated £2.9 billion for the benefit of the nation’s finances.

The Green Blue (RYA/British Marine)

Sustainable Boating for Cleaner, Healthier Waters.

The Green Blue is the joint environmental programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine to promote and support the sustainable use of our inland and coastal waters by recreational boating. The boating community has an important role in helping to safeguard the waters, wildlife and habitats with which we rely on for our enjoyment, wellbeing and livelihoods. 

Our aim is to inspire and encourage sustainable recreational boating through;

  • sustainable boating information, guidance and resources
  • environmental outreach work 
  • raising awareness of more environmentally sustainable products and services
  • working closely with government agencies and bodies
  • partnerships and projects with other organisations and businesses

The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts are making the world wilder and helping to ensure that nature is part of everyone’s lives. We are a grassroots movement of 46 charities with more than 850,000 members and 38,000 volunteers. No matter where you are in the UK, there is a Wildlife Trust inspiring people and protecting, and standing up for the natural world. With the support of our members, we care for and restore special places for nature on land, and run marine conservation projects and collect vital data on the state of our seas. Every Wildlife Trust works within its local community to inspire people to create a wilder future – from advising thousands of landowners on how to manage their land to benefit wildlife, to connecting hundreds of thousands of school children with nature every year.

UK Major Ports Group

The UK Major Ports Group is the trade body for the UK’s major port operators. It represents nine of the top ten port operators in UK including the operators of all the UK’s deep sea container capacity. Our members collectively handle 75% of the UK’s port volumes through 40 ports. These include the largest ports in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. UKMPG members together already invest around £500 million per year in the UK’s ports and related infrastructure.

Current UKMPG members are Associated British Ports, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, The Bristol Port Company, DP World London Gateway, Forth Ports, Hutchison Ports UK, PD Ports, Peel Ports and the Port of London Authority.


WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Our mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together.

To achieve our mission, we’re finding ways to help transform the future for the world’s wildlife, rivers, forests and seas; pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions that will avoid catastrophic climate change; and pressing for measures to help people live sustainably, within the means of our one planet.

We’re acting now to make this happen.