PPG20); a coastal body to coordinate and advise on coastal policy; and a policy delivery framework for ICZM which would be operated at different local, regional and national levels.
It was suggested that greater harmonisation could be achieved by providing the relevant bodies and authorities with duties or powers to work together to achieve ICZM and a number of proposals were put forward as to how this could operate. There were also views which suggested that existing controls and mechanisms could be used to address social and environmental challenges or problems.
Many respondents welcomed the recognition of the valuable contribution made by coastal partnerships towards the delivery of ICZM, but felt that they could achieve more with greater support from Government. Other options suggested for supporting partnerships included the establishment of a coastal body to disseminate information to partnerships and fora, an overarching national policy and management framework for partnerships to work within, and the provision of core funding support. Some respondents felt that without support on the latter, long term commitment to the delivery of ICZM at the local level could not be guaranteed. Although the work of coastal partnerships was widely supported, there some respondents felt that partnerships were just one of the key elements needed for the successful delivery of integrated coastal management.