The National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) brings together all marine-based human activities for the first time, outlining the government’s vision, objectives and marine planning policies for each marine activity.
The NMPF details how these marine activities will interact with each other in an ocean space that is under increasing spatial pressure, ensuring the sustainable use of our marine resources to 2040.
The NMPF is intended as the marine equivalent to the National Planning Framework. This approach will enable the Government to:
set a clear direction for managing our seas
clarify objectives and priorities
direct decision makers, users and stakeholders towards strategic, plan-led, and efficient use of our marine resources
The NMPF has been prepared with an ecosystem-based approach and informed by best available knowledge. As part of the preparation of the NMPF, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) have been carried out.