This two day course addresses the challenge of delivering marine policy effectively from the coastal zone to offshore. It aims to develop your understanding of how marine spatial planning can become more than lines on a map, but supports effective decision making for good policy development, marine management and stakeholder engagement across all sectors.
Drawing on 15 years of practical experience from two of the UK’s leading experts in Integrated Marine Management, the course covers broad principles of government decision making from policy to regulation using examples from around the world; an introduction to Integrated Marine Management and how this helps understand the complexity of delivering marine policy; and the practical delivery of Integrated Marine Management within government.
This course will be of interest to anyone who wants to develop their understanding of how governments behave, the challenges in delivering Integrated Marine Management across a diverse policy portfolio and why good marine governance must be supported by good marine government. It will also be of interest to those who work in terrestrial planning at the coast.
"Thank you for a very stimulating two days. All the course content was great, such a lot of the value comes from getting your frank opinion on what actually works". H. Jones UNEP WCMC
"This was a very good course, I would recommend to others". S. Churchley Historic England
"The additional information and experience from the two speakers was invaluable - two very knowledgeable and interesting guys!" D Griggs, Environment Agency
1. Understanding government - Effective management of marine resources at a national scale must be underpinned by effective government. The aim of this session is to provide a fundamental understanding of how government is structured, how policy is made, explore the relationships between government departments and look at how decisions are made in the real world.
2. Understanding Integrated Marine Management - The delivery of marine policy across relevant areas of government often results in such complexity in both government structure and behaviour that a system based framework is useful in understanding how delivery can be made as effective as possible. This session explores key facets driving government decision making (money, law, science, politics and values) and an overview of how a system of Integrated Marine Management can help understand this in the context of marine delivery.
3. Introduction to Marine Spatial Planning - Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a mechanism that can be used by government for the effective delivery of Integrated Marine Management. This session explores different styles of MSP and approaches to plan making, from national to regional and voluntary to statutory.
4. Marine Spatial Planning in action - The style of MSP that an administration chooses to deliver will reflect the style of the government system that administration comes from. This session explores the different ways that MSP has been delivered globally, and an overview of the common delivery requirements.
5. Plan led management - A marine plan is only as effective as the management that underpins it. This session explores the relationship between a marine plan, and plan led decision making, and how using a system of Integrated Marine Management can help understand how different activities are managed, and how MSP can provide benefit. Some of the challenges of managing co-located activities through different management regimes are explored from national to local, and statutory to non-statutory.
6. Scenario Exercise - This session looks at management of multiple, competing activities. Using role playing, the group will explore how different behaviours can drive different outcomes; the value of science and law in decision making; managing co-existence through different management regimes; accountability in a complex management system; and the value of MSP in promoting cooperation, reducing uncertainty and increasing effectiveness in an Integrated Marine Management System.
£499.00 per attendee
£374.25* student rate
Fee is per participant. It includes all documentation, lunch and refreshments.
Fee excludes VAT
*(strictly limited places)
Professor Dickon Howell
Dickon is the Founder and Director of Howell Marine Consulting. He has an expert knowledge of marine policy, marine planning, marine regulation and marine science across multiple disciplines and sectors. He worked at the Marine Management Organisation for seven years during which time he held leadership roles crucial to the development and delivery of integrated marine management in England. He was responsible for putting in place the practical interpretation of the legislation underpinning marine licensing and implementing the marine regulatory framework as it currently stands in England
Steve is an Associate Director for Howell Marine Consulting. He has significant technical expertise in strategic spatial planning, marine and environmental management. Steve was Chief Planning Officer at the MMO where he worked for 7 years. During this time, he was responsible for the development of marine planning and the process for the production of England’s first marine plans, applauded across the UK, Europe and world-wide. He also directed and delivered organisational change in the MMO, contributing to the visionary thinking for the organisation and embedding marine spatial planning into UK government departments.