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Marine Proofing for Good Environmental Status of the Sea

This guide shows how those involved in planning and development on the land can ‘Marine Proof’ their activities to promote ‘Good Environmental Status’ of the sea. It explains the ways in which onshore development can impact on marine ecosystems (see Figure 1) and the role terrestrial planning can play in delivering international obligations related to the protection and enhancement of the marine environment. It aims to promote integration of planning for the land and the sea by encouraging connection between terrestrial planning, the delivery of the European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the new systems of marine planning.

The guide has been produced to assist local authorities, developers and their agents, coastal partnerships, wildlife trusts, community groups and others involved in terrestrial planning to build concern for the quality of the marine environment into their activities. It is accompanied by a series of Fact Sheets for countries which border the Celtic Seas – England, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These provide further country specific information on the connection between terrestrial planning, MSFD delivery and marine planning

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