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Title: Environment Agency Anglian region : Eastern area business plan 2001/02
Author: Environment Agency Anglian Corporate
Document Type: Monograph
This is the Anglian Region Eastern area Business Plan 2001/02 from the Environment Agency. The purpose of this plan is to set out, as clearly and concisely as possible, the work that we in Eastern Area intend to carry out during 2001/02 to achieve the Agencys goals and objectives. Each of the Areas will produce a similar plan, containing a mixture of National, Regional and Area-specific issues. Eastern Area covers much of the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex: a geographical area of 8664km2, with a population of some 2.5 million. Its character is predominantly rural with small settlements and comparatively few large towns, although south Essex is densely urbanised. The three counties have a long history of supporting a wide variety of agricultural activities, and continue to do so over most of the Area. Arable cultivation and animal husbandry are the principal farming activities, although soft fruit growing, market gardens and intensive glasshouse operations are also supported to varying degrees. Although agriculture is the major industry, tourism also plays a major part in the economy of the Area - there are, for example, 25 designated bathing waters, whilst inland attractions include Dedham Vale and Constable country. Other economic activities include food processing, light industry and manufacturing, and chemical and pharmaceutical production. Nuclear power is generated at three sites within the Area. The ports of Parkeston and Harwich support both passenger services to Europe and the export/import of freight, whilst Ipswich and Felixstowe provide container services only; Felixstowe is the largest port of its type in the United Kingdom. There are also a number of other smaller ports in the Area handling freight traffic. The area is rich in landscape and wildlife heritage and much of the coastline is of international importance for conservation. Within Eastern Area, some rich and varied wildlife has survived despite the changes that have occurred as a result of agriculture, forestry and increased urbanisation since the 1940s. Important semi-natural habitats include ancient woodland, unimproved grassland, heathlands, fens, mudflats and saltings. Three Environmentally Sensitive Areas lie within the Area: Suffolk-River Valleys, Essex Coast, and the Broads (which is the only wetland in the country with National Park status). The Area lies in the driest part of England, with average rainfall of only around 600mm (compared to around 900mm for England and Wales as a whole).
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 2001
Publication Place: Peterborough
Subject Keywords: Environmental planningEnvironmental policiesBusiness plans
Geographic Keywords: EA AnglianThe BroadsSuffolkNorfolk
Extent: 16; + tables and appendices
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