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Understand the changes affecting marine plan areas in the North West, North East, South East and South West over the next 20 years.
Assessments should include:
resulting changes in sector size, distribution and activity levels
anticipated social, economic and environmental impacts associated with these changes
Assessments should also consider marine plan areas’ futures and focus on marine protected areas within the marine plan areas.
Spatial information is preferred but is not dependent on a complex predictive model. Scenarios are not a critical component, but would be considered useful
provide insight into likely development of sectors over the period of the marine plans, influencing policy development for future development of sectors including economic, social and environmental impacts
form part of the evidence base for marine planning
help to identify issues that marine plans need to deal with
inform decisions on future management of marine protected areas, potentially highlighting where activity that would affect marine protected areas will change over time