Happy Friday, everyone. Hope you’ve had a good week – we certainly have! Our ninth Practical Democracy Project event went down a treat yesterday. Keep an eye out on here for the writeup if you couldn’t make it.

Meanwhile, we’re up to 900 open consultations on the Citizen Space Aggregator, so that’s as busy as ever. Here’s a few of the highlights from this week.

SEPA are consulting on the use of biomass or feed to regulate the organic output from marine pen fish farming to the environment

Or, in layman’s terms, regulating how much organic waste is produced by fish farms. This follows from the Finfish Aquaculture sector plan consultation they ran last year. It’s similarly well laid-out, with an embedded consultation document on the overview page. It’s not too long, either – which is nice for stakeholders who may often find themselves faced with endless, overly technical consultations – with a good mix of yes/no questions and options to elaborate further if respondents wish to do so.

The Australian Department of Health are consulting on their Stem Cell Therapies mission roadmap

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The Australian Government recently announced a commitment of $150 million, over 10 years, for an ambitious stem cell research programme. This consultation seeks the public’s views on its ‘mission roadmap’: a series of short statements that the government would use in what’s essentially an elevator pitch on the direction of the programme.

Defra is running a Call for Evidence on Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs)

In June 2019, the government announced an independent review into Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs). These would be areas of strong environmental protection that would allow marine wildlife to recover, free from human damage. They’re seeking evidence and views on how HPMAs could be introduced and what criteria should be used to decide how and where to implement them.

And that’s all for now! Have a great weekend everyone!

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