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    • Conducting or organising research into environmental, social and economic issues

    • Organisation of conferences and public participation events

    • Organising beach cleans

    • Producing voluntary codes of conduct for coastal users

      • 9.3

        Most respondents detailed the benefits that partnerships could offer from their activities, including;

        • Impartiality and a proven role in conflict resolution and consensus- building;

        • The ability to work across sectors and between all levels of decision- making;

        • Horizon-scanning to inform organisations of coastal issues;

        • Raising awareness of issues and a mechanism for community engagement;

        • Identifying work that needs to be done, attracting project funding and initiating collaborative ventures;

        • Providing a gateway service and ‘one-stop-shop’ for information and contacts;

        • Filling gaps where there are no sectoral responsibilities and mobilising voluntary support and involvement;

        • Providing a (bottom-up) conduit to regional and national government;

        • Greater harmonisation of local policy and streamlined decision-making for coastal areas;

        • Greater understanding of local decision-makers, of the nature and complexity of the coastal zone and the related administrative and institutional structures;

        • Better integration of policy and practice across the land-sea divide;

        • Clearly identifiable local contact for discussion of local coastal issues and for information on coastal matters;

        • An increased understanding and awareness of partner organisations’ roles, responsibilities, activities and agendas;

        • A higher profile for partner organisations, reaching a wide audience;

        • Increased and improved research co-ordination;

        • Provision of a network and direct line of communication between authorities and organisations, and user groups;

        • Giving information and advice to enhance decision-making; and

        • A clearer understanding of data and information availability, and increased access to such data.


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