WWF call for EC leadership on Integrated Sea Use Management



Posted on 17 November 2011  | 
WWF is calling for a legally binding framework at the European level to facilitate the integrated planning  and  management  of  the  human  activities  affecting  our  seas. In order to meet the aims of ecosystem protection and sustainable use, WWF believes that we need a more integrated approach to the planning and management of human activities affecting our seas. Integrated sea use management (ISUM) should be implemented across all sea areas to secure coordination across sectors, countries and levels of government in order to minimize environmental impacts from resource use and to maximize benefits to society. A key tool to help achieve this is maritime spatial planning which aims to allocate space and resources in the most appropriate way to minimize conflicts and find synergies between sectors. Whilst helping to more clearly identify the most efficient way to plan and manage the use of our sea and coasts, MSP has an important function to support environmental protection and the sustainable provision of important ecosystem goods and services.
A more integrated approach to the planning and management of human activities affecting our seas is urgently needed.
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