management mechanisms for the coast are not fully understood, and there is insufficient clarity on where the long term needs might be, i.e. prioritising human activity or conservation needs.
The lack of cooperation and integration between government departments and policies was raised as a concern by some respondents. For example, one respondent commented on the Ports Policy Review and how this was not integrated with Government conservation policies. This respondent recognised the potential of addressing this problem by bringing government departments together through Marine Planning.
Four responses discussed engagement of different sectors in coastal management and suggested that there were varying levels of ‘take-up’ by business, environmental and the tourism sector. One respondent suggested that some businesses do not feel fully engaged, whilst another suggested that involving the business community was a challenge, but that businesses could be brought on board by providing information on the risks associated with not adapting to the challenges of climate change.
1.13 Most respondents also mentioned the role of coastal partnerships in taking ICZM forward and being a key element in delivering ICZM. Responses suggested that despite their valuable work, partnerships were hampered in their efforts to progress ICZM for various reasons including a lack of financial support from major bodies and a lack of any strategic role and national vision. However, one respondent acknowledged that partnerships undertake good work, but suggested that without a clear role within a defined framework, their presence could have the opposite effect – by complicating the engagement of those with an interest in coastal management.