Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly being used as a mechanism to manage the marine environment. Human activities can impact biophysical ecosystem features, reducing resilience and potentially impacting ecosystem services, which can affect the environmental, socio-economic and cultural benefits derived by coastal communities. Central to MSP is the collection and collation of baseline data on biophysical ecosystem features and ecosystem services to inform decision making and target management measures. The data collection process should be a structured, transparent process to ensure adequate data and metadata collation to enable it to be effectively used in MSP. This data should be subject to stakeholder consultation, producing quality assured information and mapping. The resources required to undertake data collection should not be underestimated. Recognition should be given to the limits of knowledge of the marine environment and its complexity. Planners and developers should exercise caution when using and interpreting the results of mapping outputs.
|Number of pages||7|
|Issue number||Part A|
|Early online date||27 May 2014|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2014|
- Marine spatial planning
- Coastal zone management
- Stakeholder engagement
- Ecosystem approach
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- UHI Shetland - Marine Spatial Planning Manager
- Energy Innovation Team
Person: Academic Research Active
Shetland Islands' Marine Spatial Plan
Rachel Shucksmith (Participant) & Charlotte Slater (Participant)
Impact: Public policy Impacts, Cultural Impacts, Economic or commercial Impacts, Other Impacts, Quality of life Impacts, Social Impacts, REF case study development