Working Group for Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management



WGMPCZMWGMPCZMTrueAndrea Morf, Matthew J. GubbinsHAPISG11/18/2010 1:20:00 PMandrea.morf@havsmiljoinstitutet.se, Matthew.Gubbins@gov.scot521Working Group for Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management

ICES Working Group Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management (WGMPCZM) discusses current developments around Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Coastal Zone Management (CZM) in the ICES area.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​An inter- and transdisciplinary group, WGMPCZM involves people from social and natural sciences and from administrations in ICES Member countries.

Today, increasing intensity and establishment of new sea uses, such as offshore wind farming, can be observed in coastal and marine waters. This development also increases the pressure on coastal and marine ecosystems. In order to deal with the resulting conflicts and cumulative impacts, new planning tools and integrated approaches to planning and management are being developed in Europe as well as in Canada and the US. Pushed in particular by the European Union, Marine (or Maritime) Spatial Planning (MSP) is currently evolving as one of the major tools for integration of different demands for marine space and resources.

Based on current developments in marine planning practice and research, WGMPCZM focuses on knowledge gaps in MSP, risk analysis, quality assurance of a) advice for MSP and b) of mechanisms and processes in coastal and marine planning, social-cultural dimensions of marine ecosystem services and the use of fisheries data in plan decision making processes.

Beside its annual working group meetings, WGMPCZM engages in sessions at ICES conferences, organises workshops on particular aspects of MSP, elaborates research reports and has significantly contributed to the ICES Strategic Initiative Group MSP (STIG-MSP).

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