The Humber supports a rich variety of habitats and species and is recognised as one of the most important estuaries in Europe for overwintering birds as well as supporting nine species of international importance. It is due to the presence of these important habitats and species that the Humber has been given a number of nature conservation designations under UK, European and international law.
The Humber Management Scheme (HMS) provides a coordinated and joined up approach for the management of the Humber Estuary European Marine Site (EMS). With support from both statutory and non-statutory organisations, actions are developed and delivered to bring the estuary into what is known as 'favourable condition'. Around 30 organisations have statutory duties to fulfil the conservation objectives of the EMS and together they form the Humber Estuary Relevant Authorities Group (HERAG).
The HMS is overseen and administered by the Humber Nature Partnership which supports HERAG and delivers a wide range of projects as identified in the Action Plan. The Humber Nature Partnership also works with the Humber Nature Forum to develop and implement practical measures to reduce any adverse impacts occurring on the EMS. The Forum is an open membership voluntary group composed of organisations and individuals with an interest in the Estuary.
The key objectives are:
The delivery of the Action Plan is overseen and supported by the HERAG Working Group, made up of representatives of HERAG and the Chair of the Humber Nature Forum. In addition to the ongoing implementation of the HMS, the Humber Nature Partnership also undertakes various projects which contribute to the sustainable management of the estuary.
Project work has included: