MARINE PLANNING IN WALES

The Welsh National Marine Plan is being developed to provide clarity and optimise opportunities for the sustainable development of Welsh seas. The purpose of the Plan is to manage marine activities in a sustainable way, taking into account; economic, social and environmental priorities.

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 by:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of the marine data that is readily available for Welsh seas
  • Providing an understanding of the marine planning evidence base currently available
  • Providing interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the evidence base and the need or availability of further spatial evidence

As part of the marine planning process, it will be important for users to access and understand the marine evidence that will be used to inform the development of the Welsh National Marine Plan (WNMP). The Wales Marine Planning Portal can be viewed here.