Eunomia has been commissioned by the Marine Management Organisation to examine how data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) can be used to support the marine planning process. Building on Eunomia’s track record of undertaking economic baseline work on the South and East Marine Plan areas, this piece of work will involve liaison with the ONS to build a clear understanding of how published data can be adapted or supplemented to meet the needs of marine planning.
The MMO’s work to develop marine plans is an important step to help understand the many uses of our marine area by identifying a clear socio-economic baseline against which informed decisions can be taken. However, such decisions need to be soundly based in evidence, and the unique boundaries of marine plan areas and the focus on activities that depend on marine resources mean a range of data needs to be gathered. Eunomia Senior Consultant, Peter Jones, who is managing the project, said:
“The social and economic importance of the UK marine area is increasingly being appreciated, but the needs and interests of its different users need to be taken into account. Having the chance to inform the difficult decisions that will need to be taken over how our seas are used is really rewarding.”
Work is due to complete by the end of March, with Eunomia producing a data template and methodology for MMO, allowing future marine planning work to proceed on a more consistent basis.
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