Over 50% of Northern Ireland’s biodiversity is found within our seas. Therefore, steps to ensure the health and resilience of Northern Ireland’s marine habitats and species are vital.

NIEL Recommendations

  • Fully implement a robust marine spatial plan for NI
  • Develop an efficient system of Marine Spatial Planning – a statutory duty to designate an effective and an ecologically functioning network of Marine Protected Areas
  • Establish of an independent Marine Management Organisation for Northern Ireland – to ensure cross–border integration and the application of the ecosystem approach to management
  • Implementation of Marine Litter Strategy
  • Implement an integrated Coastal Zone Management Strategy
  • Promotion of Shoreline Planning for Northern Ireland as a tool to manage complex issues in the dynamic coastal zone (for example, sea level rise, coastal erosion, managed realignment)

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