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Actions included in the SEMS Management Scheme (MS)

  In order to clarify what the MS contains, actions can be divided into 5 types:

  1. Reporting harmful activities to other authorities under whose jurisdiction they fall
  2. General good practice to comply with the Habitats Regulations
  3. General good practice to not harm habitats or species
  4. Actions that should be reported through SEMS Annual Monitoring
  5. Completion of each authority’s undertakings regarding MS actions

Operations of Type 1-3 are not included in the MS although they may be referred to
Operations of Types 2-3 are those which RAs may wish to strongly encourage colleagues in relevant departments of each organisation to take account of, or to incorporate into policy
Operations of Type 4 should be reported through the Annual Online Monitoring Survey 
Operations of Type 5 can be reported in the same way as for Type 4, or verbally at the Annual  MG meeting; thus the MS will be kept up to date.

Removing Type 1-3 operations from the MS enables the RAs to focus on activities where the MG can deliver the requirements of the Habitats Regulations.  Examples of each of the 5 types of action are given below:

Examples

1. Reporting harmful activities to other authorities under whose jurisdiction they fall

2. General good practice to comply with the Habitats Regulations

3.  General good practice to not harm habitats or species

4. Actions that should be reported through SEMS Annual Monitoring

5. Completion of each authority’s undertakings regarding MS actions