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England - working towards statutory consultation in late 2019 and help improve the Marine Information System

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Date: 
6 May, 2019

The South marine plan was published in July 2018. Ongoing activity has been focussed on external implementation work with decision-makers in the plan area through a series of training workshops delivered from September 2018 to February 2019. The first review is expected to be completed and published in 2021. An Approach to Monitoring document has been published which sets out how this review will be undertaken. The remaining plans are being developed simultaneously and are all currently in the drafting phase. The third, and final, iteration of online engagement took place from 21 January to 29 March 2019 and was accompanied by a series of stakeholder workshops. Statutory consultation on these plans is anticipated in late 2019 and submission to government in 2020 with all plans adopted by 2021.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is also seeking feedback on a new digital marine planning system, envisaged to replace the Marine Information System. The MMO is undertaking targeted research with their stakeholders to better understand their requirements for a digital marine planning system. The research sessions will run between now and the middle of June, and an individual session is envisaged to take between 1-1.5 hours. If you would like to participate and help shape their future digital marine planning service, or have any questions about the research sessions, please get in touch with planning@marinemanagement.org.uk.

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