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Devon Maritime Forum: Winter 19 meeting

February 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Dear Forum members

Just a gentle reminder that ***REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN*** for the forthcoming Devon Maritime Forum Winter 19 meeting ‘BLUE HEALTH + BLUE ACTION’, which will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019 at the spectacular Saunton Sands Hotel

A truly excellent and packed  Programme has been put together  and it promises to be a lively, interesting and informative day.

Places are limited so BOOK NOW.  To register please contact Rowena Garne at County Hall on 01392 382804 (Mon-Fri, 0900-1630) who will take your payment via card.

Blue Health + Blue Action

In early 2018, a discernible ‘Blue Planet’ effect was taking place.  The global broadcast of the BBC’s Blue Planet II series and its succession of stories and images that both amazed, inspired and appalled, generated a new wave of marine awareness and action, that placed the health of our oceans, and the urgent need to do something to protect them, firmly in the public eye.

As 2018 unfolded it seemed as if every month we were presented with new evidence about the unsustainable impact we are having on our global ecosystems and new dire warnings about the catastrophic consequences this impact will have on the health of our ‘blue’ planet and on our own health and well-being.

Now in early 2019, it seems more urgent than ever to harness the tide of public interest in the health of our ‘blue’ environments and for us to take individual and collective action: to do something that makes a difference.  What better time too to resolve to be more active, to engage with, and to enjoy our stunning marine and coastal environments.


After an extended sabbatical the DMF is back for 2019 with a meeting that focuses on the themes of Blue Health and Blue Action.

In our morning sessions we will be exploring the notion of ‘Blue Health’, both in terms of examining the quality or health of our marine and coastal environment and by looking at the critical role these environments and spaces can play in supporting and improving human health and well-being.  We will get a spectacular visual introduction to the day and our marine environment from marine photographer and author Dr Paul Naylor.  We will hear from Prof. Richard Thompson a world leading expert on marine litter, and from Dr. James Szymankiewicz a local GP and Chair of the Devon LNP, on the value and need for ‘Blue Space’, as well from many other key organisations responsible for monitoring and managing the health of our marine and coastal environments and for promoting their health benefits  (e.g. Environment Agency, Natural England, South West Water, RYA)

In the afternoon our attention will turn to ‘Blue Action’.  Inspired by Defra’s 2019 Year of Green Action (YoGA) and in collaboration with Devon Local Nature Partnership, #DMF2019 will be providing an opportunity to both showcase a range of existing local initiatives as well as providing a collaborative space and platform for discussing and issuing our call to Blue Action.

As with previous DMF events our #DMF2019 meeting will be characterised by the quality of its speakers and the timeliness of the issues addressed.  It provides a unique opportunity to network and discuss not only the day’s agenda but all things marine and coastal.

There will be a dedicated market area where, for a small fee, you can display your organisation’s promotional material e.g. pop-up banners, brochures, merchandise etc. For more information please contact us at dmf@devon.gov.uk

How to Register

To guarantee your attendance registration should be made in good time. The registration fee is £35 and covers lunch and refreshments for the day.

There is no registration form for this event. To secure your place please contact Rowena Garne at County Hall on 01392 382804 (Mon-Fri, 0900-1630) who will take your payment via card.

If you wish to pay by cheque you will still need to contact us to reserve your space. Please make cheques payable to Devon County Council. Cheques should be sent to Devon Maritime Forum, c/o Steve Guilbert, AB3 Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QW. Please write the names of all delegates and your organisation on the back of the cheque.  Please quote Devon Maritime Forum 2019 when registering. Booking will require your name (or name of attendee if different), organisation and contact details. If making a payment for more than one delegate, please have this information for each attendee. Any special requests or dietary requirements should be mentioned at the time of booking.


Dr. Steven Guilbert

Devon Maritime Forum Coordinator

County Hall

Exeter, EX2 4QW

Tel:  +44 (0) 1392 383447

Mob:  +44 (0) 7870 223264

E-mail:  steven.guilbert@devon.gov.uk

Working week: Mon – Fri (08.00 – 12.00)

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February 5, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Devon Maritime Forum
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Saunton Sands Hotel
Saunton Rd
Braunton, Devon EX33 1LQ
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