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Marine Planning & Governance

Traditionally the marine and maritime sectors have been characterised by the absence of a coordinated planning and governance, as opposed to what happens onshore where coordinated regulations and planning have been in place for many years - e.g., land use planning, mining exploitation concessions and natural protected areas. However, in the last few years some EU initiatives, such the Maritime Policy, Maritime Spatial Planning, and Integrated Coastal Protection Management as well as the Marine Strategy Framework and Water Framework Directives (via consideration of impacts of MRE on the targets of good environmental/ecological status) are driving the need for more coordinated planning of the marine and coastal space. Integration of different resources uses is crucial to ensuring a sustainable development. Within this wide field, PRIMaRE partners have developed expertise on the application and development of the following research areas:

  • Cumulative impacts
  • Ecosystem services and natural capital valuation
  • Life-cycle planning
  • Multi use of marine resources
  • Public and stakeholder attitudes
  • Regional and national economic impacts
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Spatial planning
  • Underestimated trade-offs

Marine Planning & Governance research in PRIMaRE

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