This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Assesses the impact of the marine planning system compared with a situation where such a system is not introduced.
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Our seas are subject to competing demands, pollution and other damage, and yet the ecosystem services they provide are invaluable (eg regulation of climate change, flood risk and water quality and cultural services such as recreation).
The current system for management is ad hoc, inconsistent, incoherent and fails to fully consider the cumulative impact the decisions we take have on the environment. It is also considered to be a burden to both regulators and industry acting as a barrier to economic growth.