Towards Solent Marine Planning (SoMaP)
The SoMaP project was completed in 2010, the final reports and outputs are available from the Solent Forum Office and include:
- The Final Project Report - Evaluations and Recommendations
- An analysis of the role of stakeholders in the marine planning process
- A Marine Planning portal
- Conference proceedings of the Southern Marine Planning Conference
The aim of the project was to scope the possibility of a Solent marine planning system by starting to build a Solent-wide coastal and marine policy framework including a spatial database of plans, policies and activities by sector. Two strands to the project included: understanding what data is required at this initial stage to strategically assess different sectors plans and policies in the Solent and; to work closely with a range of stakeholders represented in all sectors and governance of the Solent to obtain this information and explore their views towards a Solent scale marine plan.
The project followed a programme agreed by the project Steering Group and included the following seven work packages.
- Establish a communications strategy.
- Reiterate national progress on Marine Spatial Planning by the Defra implementation team back to stakeholders.
- Scope with stakeholders the case for a marine plan at a Solent scale.
- Understand the information requirements for a Solent Marine Planning System.
- Agree pilot case study sectors, to represent pressing Solent issues and land and marine interactions, and use these to test the data and information.
- Obtain and map all sectoral policies (click on 'raw data' to view below keywords box) within the Solent; obtain further data as agreed in work package.
- Evaluate project findings and make recommendations to stakeholders.