What are the social and economic challenges facing marine governance? How do marine plans incorporate social concerns, economic challenges and structure indicator systems. How do we revolutionise 'stakeholders' into 'contributors' and change the dynamics of coastal conflicts?
Recently Ruth Brennan and Tavis Potts from the Scottish Association for Marine Science published a timely report for Marine Scotland on establishing Social and Economic Objectives for marine planning. The report goes into detail about international, EU and Scottish policy drivers for marine governance with a focus on the social, economic, cultural and governance dimensions. It is a timely report that takes on board a critical (but often unexplored) issue: how to place people and communities at the heart of the marine planning process.
The report is downloadable for free from the Marine Scotland website.