Valuing our life support systems – Workshop 3:
Sustainable use of the marine environment
To progress towards achieving the UK’s target for renewable energy production,the Government supports the development of offshore renewable energy schemes. This must be balanced by the need to create Marine Protection Zones. The Marine Bill is expected to address how disparate stakeholders can work together more effectively. European Directives also provide a framework for delivery. However, more work needs to be done to ensure that environmental, social and economic interests are given equal consideration.
This workshop will look at the challenges and opportunities posed by offshore renewable energy. It will assess whether the marine environment is overexploited or under utilised as well as what value we give to different ecosystem goods and services. These ecosystem goods and services may not just be monetary, but also of historical or legacy importance as well as being essential for future generations.
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