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Training for marine planners: Present and future needs

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Marine planning presents considerable new challenges and opportunities for those responsible for managing the marine environment. In the UK, the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) provides a statutory framework for marine planning and has created a new administration responsible for its implementation. If marine planning is to be effective and achieve its stated goals it will require a pool of trained individuals who will be responsible for or will participate in marine planning. Based on data gathered during the development and delivery of an intensive professional course and a masters level programme, this paper explores the key elements of education and training required by marine planners. These include a knowledge of planning processes and national and international laws and conventions; an understanding of how marine plans can integrate with existing terrestrial and coastal plans and other management requirements; and an understanding of the marine and maritime environment, including the human activities and natural features. It concludes with a discussion of the different roles individuals may play in the planning process and thus their different training needs.

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  • Glegg, Gillian, 2014. "Training for marine planners: Present and future needs," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 13-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:43:y:2014:i:c:p:13-20
    DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.03.011
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