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The Ecosystem Approach

UNEP Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management
The ecosystem approach lays out a  series of principles to guide management  towards long-term sustainability of marine and coastal ecosystems. With this Guide, UNEP seeks to assist countries and communities to take steps towards making marine and coastal ecosystem-based management operational - from strategic planning to on-site implementation.

Living Landscapes towards ecosystem-based conservation in Scotland
This is the first in the series of Scottish Wildlife Trust's Policy Future publications, and examines how Scotland might move ecosystem-based conservation from theory to reality.

The True Value of Nature
Natural England’s Draft Policy on the ecosystem approach.

The Ecosystem Approach to Marine Planning and Management
Edited by Sue Kidd, Andy Plater and Chris Frid
This book describes how growing concern about the state of our seas is resulting in the development of new approaches to marine planning and management. The authors show that a common feature of all these developments is an appreciation that more integrated forms of planning and management are required for our seas and that new arrangements must draw together understanding from natural science, social science and many other perspectives.

Marine Spatial Planning

Marine Spatial Planning: a step by step approach
Between November 2007 and May 2009, UNESCO has been developing a guide that lays out a step-by-Step Approach for Marine Spatial Planning toward Ecosystem-based Management.

Introduction to marine spatial planning in the Celtic Sea*
Originally produced by WWF-Germany, this publication has been adapted for PISCES. You can download it from this page:

Key principles of marine spatial planning

DG Mare have produced a set of key principles to follow when undertaking marine spatial planning.

Marine Policy special issue
UNESCO publication outlining the role of marine spatial planning in implementing ecosystem-based, sea use management.

Mobilising the Marine Act
A WWF report with Marine Conservation Society, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts. International case studies on Marine Spatial Planning.

Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

SeaWeb ecosystem-based management resources.

Online videos
A selection of short videos on the European maritime perspective. Including marine spatial planning and the Integrated Maritime Policy.

Massachusetts Ocean Plan
An international case study on marine spatial planning.

* includes Western Channel

European marine news

EUCC Coastal & MarinE-News. Mar 2010
The international newsletter of the Coastal & Marine Union. This issue includes:
MEPs set out fisheries reform priorities; New UK wind farm zones are announced;
Help define the “Good Environmental Status” of the sea!

EUCC Coastal & MarinE-News. Jun 2010
The international newsletter of the Coastal & Marine Union. This issue includes:
Local partnerships key to sustainability of EU fisheries areas; MSFD: Criteria to achieve good environmental statues marine waters; EUCC at European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference.

About the Celtic Sea

Ecosystem overview of the Celtic Sea
Report of the Working Group for Regional Ecosystem Description (WGRED), 19 - 23 February 2007,
ICES Headquarters, Copenhagen.

The Sea Fishing Atlas for Wales
The Sea Fishing Atlas for Wales has been compiled by Countryside Council for Wales from information collected over the years from various sources. It includes maps of general fishing patterns, regulations and competent authorities around Wales, which is a timely marker as the management of fisheries in Wales is undergoing a complete overhaul from 1 April 2010.

Wind farm