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England's evolving marine and coastal governance framework

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  • Fletcher, Stephen
  • Jefferson, Rebecca
  • Glegg, Gillian
  • Rodwell, Lynda
  • Dodds, Wendy

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This paper reviews the principal marine and coastal policy changes in England since 1999. The key changes identified are the establishment of a strategic national marine and coastal policy direction, new marine legislation and institutions, the emergence of a marine planning framework, the consolidation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management approaches to coastal governance, the establishment of a Marine Protected Area network, and the decline of coastal partnerships. The European Union, UK National Government, and devolved administrations are identified as key influences on the governance evolution and their relative contributions are discussed. It is concluded that the English marine and coastal governance context has evolved significantly since 1999 and that the new framework, if implemented successfully, represents a genuine step towards an integrated governance framework for England's coasts and seas.

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  • Fletcher, Stephen & Jefferson, Rebecca & Glegg, Gillian & Rodwell, Lynda & Dodds, Wendy, 2014. "England's evolving marine and coastal governance framework," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 261-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:45:y:2014:i:c:p:261-268
    DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.09.007
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