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The Minister was speaking as he launched two consultations seeking views on two proposals aimed at improving protection of our marine environment.  The development of an updated Marine Protected Areas Strategy (MPA) and the Blue Carbon Action Plan will contribute to the effective management of the Northern Ireland marine environment, helping to address biodiversity loss while also realising wider environmental and societal benefits. Both recognise the need to embed nature-based solutions in plans and policies to meet the net zero target, as described under the NI Climate Change Act (2022)

The consultation documents and online questionnaire are available on the DAERA website and the Consultation on the Northern Ireland Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Strategy Review. To view this and for further information visit