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The Port of London Authority is a harbour authority, a licensing authority and a landowner. This means we have certain commitments to provide environmental stewardship and champion environmental best practice. In our own Act we are required to maintain and improve the conservancy of the river and estuary.

In our commitment to sustainable development, following high level documents like the Marine Policy Statement, we have set out some key objectives...
A summary of the key pieces of environmental legislation that are relevant to the PLA and Thames Estuary.
Guidelines for undertaking activities on the Thames
Developed in partnership with the RSPB.
Read our latest bulletins on Environmental matters.
An overview of the environmental monitoring undertaken by the PLA to inform decision making and monitor the effects of its activities.
PLA collaborations for the Tidal Thames environment.
Frequently Asked Questions about the environment of the Thames.
Detailed information on the PLA's maintenance dredging framework.
Our reports and strategic documents outline our aims and plans to clean, manage and foster the biodiversity of the Thames.

What’s in the Thames

Find out about our work looking after the environment of the tidal Thames, including habitat management, driftwood collection, Thames Barrier navigation and much more. A vibrant habitat for wildlife, the Thames is home to 125 species of fish, hundreds of seals and 300,000 overwintering birds every year.

The PLA has achieved ISO 14001 certification from LRQA and is an affiliate of the Ecoports Foundation.
Major and minor environmental projects undertaken by the PLA including links to environmental reports and data.