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Environmental Management and Issues

Environment and Countryside

The term 'environmental law' describes a network of statutes and regulations. These laws address the effects and impact that human activities have on the countryside and natural environments.

Information in this section lists the rules and regulations of topics that relate these activities with animal habitats and territories.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: Planet Earth needs effective and sustainable environmental resource management systems.

It is not difficult to see how societal activities impact wildlife, biodiversity, and the landscape around the United Kingdom.

So, what is the aim of environmental management?

The main objective is to protect and maintain our land and sea ecosystems for future generations.

In essence, the principles need to balance the relationship between what we need to survive as humans - and what we want!

UK Environmental Management Laws

Commercial Waste Management

The treatment of waste materials is important for security, climate change, and environmental protection. You must follow government guidelines on business waste management in the United Kingdom.

This section covers other important topics, such as:

  • How to classify different types of waste

Note: Check if a business is operating on a contaminated site and who would be responsible for cleaning up contaminated land in the United Kingdom.


Fishing Laws

This informative section covers the United Kingdom fishing laws and byelaws. You can find out whether you need a rod licence and what extra permissions you might need to fish in your local area.

Other topics include:

  • EA fishing rod licence rules
  • Freshwater rod fishing rules

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Hunting Laws

Firearms Certificate

The police issue shotgun and firearm certificates. You cannot acquire, buy, or possess a firearm or shotgun without a firearms licence. You also need a certificate to buy ammunition.

Hunting Rules

The rules for hunting and shooting wildlife are often controversial. But you can get a fine for illegal hunting in the UK. You can also receive a jail sentence if certain animals suffer while you hunt and shoot. Find out how to follow hunting rules and avoid imprisonment.


Preparing for Emergencies

Each local council emergency plan is set up to cover major incidents. Find out how councils prepare for emergencies such as flu pandemics, transport accidents, and flooding.


Preventing Air Pollution

Several clean air strategies help business and industry reduce their impact on the environment. Even so, reducing and preventing air pollution is a responsibility for all businesses in the United Kingdom.


Report an Environmental Incident

You can report an environmental hazard to the Environment Agency in England. But, certain other types of environmental violations can be reported to the local council or utility companies.


Wildlife Laws

Information on wildlife and biodiversity enforcement laws. Further advice covers government protection of the natural environment in England and the United Kingdom.


Environmental Management and Countryside Legislation in United Kingdom

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