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Competent and Relevant Authorities

Competent Authorities are any organisation or individual that has a statutory role in the UK – these organisations and authorities have a legal responsibility to help safeguard the features of the SAC in undertaking their work and thereby achieve the aims of the Habitats Directive. Relevant authorities are a sub-set of the competent authorities with specific responsibilities in the marine environment. On many marine SACs, including Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau, these authorities work closely together as a relevant authorities group.

The Relevant Authorities for Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC are:

It is extremely important that these organisations work together as the marine environment is a shared responsibility. The Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau SAC relevant authorities meet as a working group approximately every six months.  For the terms of reference of the group click here.

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Relevant Authorities for Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC


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