——Integrated Management Plan for the North Sea 2015
Fishing, sand extraction, wind farms, shipping and nature – the North Sea has many functions and is the object of a wide range of interests. For a proper management of all these functions guidance through spatial planning is required. That guiding policy is there now, in the form of a ‘North Sea paragraph’ in the Spatial Planning Policy Document. The North Sea paragraph takes relevant international agreements and obligations and national policy frameworks into account. The next step is to organize the implementation, enforcement and other management tasks in such a way that the North Sea manager is able to implement the policy effectively, efficiently and in accordance with existing policy frameworks. The Integrated Management Plan for the North Sea 2015 sets out how the North Sea will be managed in the coming ten years.