Westminster 21st January 2007
At a Westminster seminar, called to draw attention to the continued impact of society on the seas, CoastNet called for more focus on ICZM in the Marine Bill. Dr Rhoda Ballinger of Cardiff University, a panel member for the debate and a CoastNet Trustee, expressed her fears regarding the difficulty of ‘zipping up’ the marine and terrestrial management systems. She commented that a decade of experience in managing the difficult coastal zone could be lost if more was not done in the Marine Bill to support ICZM and the crucial role of Coastal Partnerships.
In his Keynote presentation Prof. Laurence Mee, of Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership, illustrated the impact of our continually growing population and economy on the seas around the UK during the last century, and its devastating legacy for the marine environment. He drew particular attention to our progressively greater exploitation of offshore areas and the deep sea, a cause for considerable concern. One of the biggest challenges he said will be “getting people to care”.