with a particular focus on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and highlights the need for marine spatial planning (to download a copy please visit www.projectpisces.eu).
The guide is the result of a unique partnership where Celtic Sea stakeholders shared a common goal – to find ways to manage their activities more sustainably. The Celtic Sea is one of the most heavily used seas on the planet. Growing demand for finite marine resources and a lack of coordination is causing increased conflict between stakeholders and is threatening the health of the marine environment on which so many depend. The ecosystem approach could help to ensure we have viable marine industries, prosperous coastal communities and a healthy marine environment for generations to come.
PISCES is a pioneering project that has empowered stakeholders to create their own practical guide to taking the ecosystem approach to marine management in the Celtic Sea. The three-year LIFE+ co-funded project, led by WWF-UK has brought together representatives from the major sectors that operate in this area.
What is the ecosystem approach?
The ecosystem approach involves consideration of all ecosystem components – physical and biological - in an integrated and holistic way. It also places a strong emphasis on stakeholder participation; an area explored in detail in the PISCES guide.
Who is the PISCES guide for?