Sustainable development and the sea



TO DELIVER BETTER MANAGEMENT and regulation, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) must not simply become another layer of bureaucracy.

It must reduce existing overlaps between regulatory bodies, provide consistent expert knowledge, advice and judgement and provide the lead role in delivering national marine sustainable development objectives.

As an independent body, the MMO must be able to demonstrate its ability to deliver sustainability in both economic as well as environmental terms.

To do this, it is essential that clear objectives for the whole range of sustainability drivers are defined, together with robust mechanisms for dealing with competing interests.

SUDG is working closely with all UK regulators to develop better ways of working together to ensure cost-effective approaches for applying regulation which are proportionate but also ensure full environmental protection. We are working on a number of initiatives with MMO, Natural England, Marine Scotland and Natural Resources Wales.