Principles of a Management
Management schemes provide the basis for the implementation
of the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive in the marine
environment. This section describes the principles upon which
the approach to developing management schemes has been based.
These principles derive from information on current coastal
management strategies from around the world combined with the
aims of the Directives, Government policy and accepted management
planning practice for land-based SACs and SPAs.
- A management scheme document should:
- satisfy the aims of the Directive;
- reflect the reasons for site designation;
- be based upon the conservation objectives.
- The production of a management scheme document
should assist the relevant authorities in reviewing the management
of the European marine site. Although existing powers and
management arrangements will be used, wherever possible, the
document existing powers and management arrangements will
be used, the document will also highlight any adjustments
or changes to the current management of the site that may
be required to ensure the achievement of the conservation
- The process of developing a management scheme
should focus on the conservation features for which the site
has been proposed or designated. The management scheme document
should outline the range of activities that may have implications
for the maintenance of the important features of the European
marine site. Management scheme documents should be as short,
concise and relevant as possible.
- The management scheme will need to be regularly
reviewed and revised to reflect the best available scientific
information. This will include relevant monitoring information
relating to activities and uses, conservation features and
- The voluntary principle and willing participation
of everyone concerned are important to the success of any
management scheme. Therefore, the need for and reasons behind,
any management measures must be clearly explained and accepted.
The management document may refer to the mechanisms for decision-making
in relation to future developments or changes in use. These
should be agreed between the relevant authorities as part
of the ongoing site management process.