Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clare Fitzsimmons,
Professor Tim Gray
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
This paper is a comparative analysis of the contribution to UK marine governance of two recent EU initiatives: the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). MSFD imposed a duty on Member States to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in four regional seas, while MSP required Member States to replace their fragmented, sector-based system of maritime decision making with an integrated approach. This paper explains MSFD and MSP, examines their relationship, and compares theirpracticability, concluding that MSP is both the more dominant and the more practicable instrument, reflecting the UK's preference for sustainable development over conservationism in marinepolicy. Arecent proposal by the European Commission to make MSP and integrated coastal management a Directive reinforces the UK position.
Author(s): Brennan J, Fitzsimmons C, Gray T, Raggatt L
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Marine Policy
Print publication date: 01/01/2014
Online publication date: 15/08/2013
Acceptance date: 18/07/2013
ISSN (print): 0308-597X
ISSN (electronic): 1872-9460
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