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PROPOSED ACTION TO IMPLEMENT AN ICZM APPROACH

The consultation document explained the intention to explore what further action could be taken to ensure an ICZM approach is embedded into practice to a greater degree, and more consistently, around the English coast. Views were invited on a number of proposed areas of action.

Policy and strategic direction We proposed that we would:

  • a.

    Ensure effective harmonisation of coastal policies and management between England and the devolved administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, whilst recognising the need for a unique approach by each to suit their own circumstances.

  • b.

    Make particular commitment to a co-ordinated approach in border areas and estuaries which fall within more than one administration.

  • c.

    Continue to build on the co-ordination and effective working that have been established between the UK administrations and Ireland, through the British Irish Council’s work on ICZM.

  • d.

    Improve, wherever possible, the process for co-ordinating the development of government policy relating to the coast, both within government departments, and between them.

  • e.

    Continue to build on the effective relationships between central government departments and other competent authorities with responsibilities in coastal areas, such as the Environment Agency.

  • f.

    Improve the communication of coastal policy from central government to external stakeholders, through our websites and other useful media, such as newsletters.

Question 3: Do you have any views on the proposals in points (a) to (f), and on how we can provide a clear, strategic direction for coastal management?

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Question 3 summary of responses

3.1

67 responses addressed this question and of these 20 supported all proposals in this area. A further four respondents supported the proposals but felt that the focus was on high level integration with no indication on how these would relate to the local level. The remaining respondents felt that the proposals were unclear, too general, or did not go far enough to actually reduce the existing limitations to the delivery of coastal management on the ground.

3.2

Eleven respondents felt that a clear strategic direction for coastal management was needed, with a coastal strategy as the focal point. There were also requests for a framework which illustrated the relationships between plans, planning mechanisms and stakeholders and the levels on which they operate.

3.3

Eleven respondents suggested the need for an overriding body to provide for greater coastal integration. References were made to the ‘Marine Management Organisation’ proposed in the Marine Bill, a ‘Coastal Commission’, or a ‘National Working Group’ consisting of existing coastal

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