The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 defined arrangements for a new system of marine management, including the introduction of marine spatial planning, across the UK.  Among the UK Government’s stated aims for the new marine planning system is to ensure that coastal areas, the activities within them and the problems they face are managed in an integrated and holistic way. The cornerstone of the UK marine planning system is the UK Marine Policy Statement (MPS). It sets out the sectoral/activity specific policy objectives that the UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive are seeking to achieve in the marine area in securing the UK vision of ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.’ The MPS is the framework for preparing Marine Plans and  will also set the direction for new marine licensing and other authorisation systems in each administration. The Wales National Marine Plan will set out Welsh Governments policies for sustainable development. Welsh Government  have embarked on a series of  formal and informal stakeholder consultations that will help YOU feed into and shape the development of the plans.

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This draft plan sets out how we will achieve sustainable development in the Welsh marine area.

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Gathering and analysing the evidence to understand the issues and opportunities for Welsh seas is an important part of marine planning.

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The marine planning portal for Wales allows anyone to view maps online showing the distribution of human activities and natural resources in Welsh seas. The portal is an interactive planning tool that is intended to support the marine planning process.

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