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The Marine Bill (2) CoastNet The Edge - Summer 2006

The Marine Bill (2) CoastNet The Edge - Summer 2006

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The magazine ofCoastNet
Coastal visionsfrom 2020Marine spatialplanning –Irish Sea PilotMarine spatial planning– an internationalperspectiveWater FrameworkDirective and theMarine Bill
Summer 2006
Special issue 2:
The Marine Bill
Special issue 2:
The Marine Bill
2The Edge
Summer 2006
The edge
Summer 2006
CoastNet – breathing newlife into coastal matters
Summer 2006
Special issue 2:The Marine Bill
The edge 
is a quarterly magazine,sent out to all CoastNet members.CoastNet is an internationalnetworking organisation thatworks with all coastal interests topromote the exchange of ideas,information and expertise to findlong term solutions to coastalproblems that benefit all. Ourmission is to safeguard the world’scoast and those communities ofpeople and wildlife that dependupon it for their future.
Editor: Lesley SmeardonLesley.smeardon@coastnet.org.ukDesigned by: Cottier & SidawayPrinted by: Gildenburgh LtdFront cover photograph: Yvonne Bax in Maeset al (2005),
A Flood of Space 
To submit an article for publication, pleaseemail to the editor saving your submissionas a word document. Alternatively, send tothe address below. Letters can be sent to theeditor but we are unable to acknowledgereceipt. The editor reserves the right to editsubmissions.
CoastNet: The Gatehouse,Rowhedge Wharf, High St,Rowhedge, Essex, CO5 7ET.Tel/Fax: 01206 728644Email: admin@coastnet.org.ukWeb: www.coastnet.org.uk
CoastNet is governed by an independentBoard of Management and serviced by aSecretariat.Registered charity no 1055763Registered as a company limited byguarantee, company no 3204452The opinions expressed in the magazine arenot necessarily those of CoastNet.© CoastNet, 2006
Featuring the launch of
, the unique,intelligent coastal and marine portal.6
Back to the future
Chair of CoastNet, Alex Midlen, provides twoalternative visions from 2020 of how the coastand marine environments might be shapeddepending on the decisions being taken nowon the Marine Bill.7
Irish Sea Pilot
The Irish Sea Pilot was commissioned by Defrato support the thinking and decisions of theMarine Bill. Jim Claydon, Technical Director ofTerence O’Rourke the company providingexpertise in spatial planning, looks at theproject’s main findings.10
Erin Pettifer talks to Natasha Barker about thenewly-formed Coastal Partnership WorkingGroup12
Marine spatial planning – an internationalperspective
Frank Maes from the Maritime Institute atGhent University discusses the GAUFREproject, a spatial planning study for theBelgium part of the North Sea.14
Water Framework Directive and the Marine Bill
How might the Water Framework Directiveinteract with the Marine Bill and where are theoverlaps or points of issue? Christa Upjohntakes a stab at joined-up thinking.16
CoastNet events
The edge
Summer 2006
2 the
public’s attitude
to thecoast, ranging from a stronginterest in its sustainablefuture and consequent highlevel of engagement ingovernance, to a high degreeof complacency and lack of engagement.These critical uncertainties stillprovide a valid analyticalframework in relation to theMarine Bill and the possiblefutures that will result dependingon its final form. I have exploredthem to some degree in twoimaginary reviews of the successof the Marine Bill as seen fromthe year 2020 (see p6-7).They are challenging andcontroversial perspectives, and
In last issue’s editorial I expressed my fear that the coast would be left virtuallyinvisible in the development of both marine and terrestrial spatial policy. Thisnotion has provoked some reaction and has led me to think more about whatmight happen in the future, given trends which we see evident today.
are meant to be. The Marine Billand ICZM strategy are the basis fora new comprehensive nationalpolicy. I fear that government willfail to
the complexity of the situation on the coast as thebasis for a radical restructuring of policy and regulatory functions toachieve a single strategicperspective
the land/seainterface. The Water FrameworkDirective embodies this principle,but the prospect of a dual spatialpolicy system for the coast doesnot bode well for the future.
Alex Midlen,Chair of CoastNet
Futures thinking is a powerful basisfor strategy and policydevelopment. The development of different possible scenarios and theconsideration of their practicalimplications can give a valuabledepth of insight into the likelyimpacts of one policy option overanother.CoastNet used futures thinking inits 2003 internal review, andidentified two critical axes of uncertainty in relation to coastalsustainability:1 the
nature of governance
,ranging from strong but top-down, through bottom-up andenabling, to market-leddevelopment with littlegovernment intervention

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