Marine planning, or marine spatial planning, is similar in a number of ways to town planning on land; both consider how the environment is used by people and the impacts of economic growth and development. Marine plans strive to manage resources effectively and sustainably for the economic, social and environmental needs of an area.
Marine planning involves the public as well as interests such as shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, defence, transport, conservation, recreation, local authorities and central government.The marine planning process brings all these groups and interests together with the aim of creating well-coordinated policies and plans which meet the desired outcomes for the area.
Background to Marine Planning in Scotland
How does Marine Planning work with plans on the land?