Marine planning - POST Note

Published 15 September 2011 | POST notes POST PN 388

Amended 18 October 2011

Authors: Jonathan Wentworth

Topic: Environmental protection, Marine environment, Planning

The UK’s marine resources have substantial economic, environmental and social value. However, increasing demand has led to concerns over their degradation. The Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) set out the mechanism for marine planning in UK waters and aims to help tackle these concerns. It combines the management of activities and conservation of the marine environment. This POSTnote describes the marine planning process and considers the challenges it will face.

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