The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that the UK Government has adopted England’s South Marine Plans. The Marine Plans were produced by the MMO the behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) following 5 years of engagement with a diverse group of stakeholders. The South Marine Plan areas stretch from Folkestone in Kent to the River Dart in Devon and comprise some 21,000 square kilometres and 1,700 kilometres of one of the busiest shipping channels in the world, with freight, passenger transport and military activity all prevalent in the area. In addition the area is also home to 60 MPA’s including 9 MCZ’s and the UNESCO World Heritage Site (Dorset and East Devon Jurassic Coast).
The South Marine Plan will help ensure that the right activities happen in the right place and in the right way within the marine environment. It provides a framework that will shape and inform decisions over how the areas’ waters are developed, protected and improved over the next 20 years. The South Marine Plan will help to protect the marine environment and achieve sustainable economic growth, whilst respecting local communities. Policies are presented within an economic, social and environmental framework, helping to support the high level marine objectives set out in the UK Marine Policy Statement. The MMO will be running a series of implementation workshops with decision makers within the south marine plan area over the next few months. If you would like any further information please contact them mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org