There is growing competition for space between different human activities in the marine area. This is leading to concerns about the capacity of the marine environment to cope with human pressures. Sustainable development demands that our seas are managed to enable economic and social development within environmental limits.
Marine managers are increasingly seeking to develop more sustainable solutions for the management of our seas. Many countries are introducing national systems of marine spatial planning to provide a framework within which economic, social and environmental interests can be balanced.
ABPmer is recognised as a thought leader on marine planning and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) having been involved in national scale projects since 2004.
We have expertise in strategic broad scale marine planning for the UK Government, devolved administrations, agencies and the European Commission.
We also routinely advise marine developers on site selection, feasibility studies and marine policy.