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Legislative framework for the Marine Plan

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The Welsh National Marine Plan will comply with the legislative framework for marine planning.

The Government of Wales Act (2006) (external link) placed sustainable development at the heart of all Welsh Government policy making and introduced the requirement for Wales to act in accordance with EU Directives.

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA) (external link) introduced the requirement for marine planning and established Welsh Ministers as the Marine Planning Authority for Wales. The Marine Policy Statement (external link) agreed in 2011 outlined high level objectives for marine planning which have directed development of the Plan.

The Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (EU Directive 89/2014) (external link) established the framework for marine planning for all EU Member States in order to manage the increasing levels of marine activities being carried out. Under this directive, member states must have their marine plans in place by March 2021.

The goals and principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 have been a key focus in developing the Plan. These include the duty to use resources efficiently and proportionately, to maintain and enhance a biodiverse natural environment, to maximise the well-being of our communities and encourage full participation in society.