Duncannon, Co Wexford

Publication date of Inshore Ireland (Winter 2018) also marks the deadline for stakeholder submissions on a plan that will influence development of Ireland’s marine territory, described as waters (sea area), territorial seas, Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf.

This maritime area comprises approximately 490,000 km2 and extends from mean high-water mark at the coast seaward to in excess of 200 nautical miles in parts.

Prepared by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the public consultation on the National Marine Planning Framework baseline report aims to gather information on the range of activities, where these activities take place, when and why, and the associated challenges at individual and collective levels.

‘When we see the demands being placed on our marine area clearly laid out, we can effectively consider whether those demands can be met simultaneously or whether some management or governance is required in particular areas,” remarks Damien English, Minister for Housing and Urban Development in the foreword.

Feedback will identify potential synergies and co-existences, facilitate conflict resolution, anticipate future spatial needs, and balance ecological, economic and social elements of the marine in a sustainable fashion, he added.

The NMPF should be ‘strategic, concise and informed’ by effective participation to ensure buy-on implementation, to stand as a parallel to terrestrial planning.

Full report: Inshore Ireland (Winter 2018) December 15