Land Use Consultants have produced a report for the NOSTRA project which includes a pilot Seascapes Character Assessment for Dover Strait and background information for anyone wishing to develop an understanding of the seascapes approach to marine management.
The report is available to download from the NOSTRA website:
NOSTRA (Network Of STRAits) is an Interreg IVC project examining how to balance the complex issues facing shared straits. It will consist of study, analysis and policy recommendation across three years – 2012 -14.
The seascapes report follows a NOSTRA workshop which focused on “Seascape and Maritime Spatial Planning” and took place near Dover in January; it was coordinated and chaired by Kent Country Council.
Presentations from the Marine Management Organisation, Natural England and English Heritage set the scene on UK Marine Planning, before Land Use Consultants went on to present the pilot Seascapes Character Assessment (SCA) for Dover Strait, which was completed for the workshop. SCA is a technique which has been developed from Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) in the UK and is about to be incorporated into the first ever Marine Plans, which are being drawn up in the UK under the Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009. Utilising a wide variety of data, seascapes can help to identify the natural, cultural and aesthetic characteristics of an area to assist with better informed decision making and policy development.
The assessment was completed with the assistance of Kent Downs AONB and Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority. For further information, contact the Coastal Officer at Kent County Council.
Source: Kent County Council