Annual Forum 2016 – Durham 9-10 November

!!FULL PROGRAMME AND BOOKING AVAILABLE NOW!! In this ever changing world Coastal Partnerships provide a key role on our coasts with so much to celebrate and so many challenges to come. Our Annual Forum provides the time to gather, share and learn. This year our Annual Forum will be held in Durham on 9th and 10th November 2016. The… [ Read More ]

Proposed Framework Directive on Marine Spatial Planning & Integrated Coastal Management

The European Commission proposed an MSP & ICM Directive in March 2013. Since then is has been the subject of discussion in committees of the European Parliament and Council; both of whom have to agree for the Directive to go ahead.  The European Council has recently adopted a version of the proposed Directive which has… [ Read More ]

Marine Licensing

The UK will be one of the first countries to plan for all of its marine area. The new streamlined licensing regime will reduce the number of licences required for a marine project, and all licensing decisions will be made in accordance with the marine plan. This will provide greater certainty for developers and regulators… [ Read More ]

Marine Plans

Marine plans will be used to identify activities, resources and impacts within their areas with the aim of integrating these activities sustainably. Marine plans must be consistent with the Marine Policy Statement, which brings together existing national policies, to apply area-specific policies to the management of marine resources and activities. This will provide a guide… [ Read More ]

The Marine Policy Statement

The Marine Policy Statement (MPS) will be the first stage in the new UK marine planning system, providing a framework under which Marine Plans will be developed. It will bring together existing policies relating to the UK marine area, helping to strategically manage our seas and aim towards sustainable development of our marine resources. The… [ Read More ]

Marine Strategy Framework Directive

The European Commission Marine Strategy Framework Directive aims to achieve Good Environmental Status in European seas by 2020. The Directive came into force on 15 July 2008 and fits well with the UK vision for ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse seas’. Key requirements of the Directive are: An assessment of the current state… [ Read More ]

Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

With the multitude of pressures imposed upon our sea and coasts, an integrated approach to managing such activities has been long awaited. On 12 November 2009, the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 received Royal Assent, making the UK the first country in the world to successfully introduce a single piece of legislation to protect… [ Read More ]

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) brings together a range of measures to manage the fisheries of European countries, with the aim to achieve a thriving and sustainable fishing industry. Within the CFP, there are measures to manage fish stocks to ensure the fishing pressure is not higher than the stocks can sustain, which include Total… [ Read More ]


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