Consultation as a management tool
The importance of consultation within the management
process is stressed by the DETR:
‘To enable the activities of local individuals
and enterprises and of statutory users of marine areas to be
sustained, together with the conservation of habitats and species,
it is essential to promote understanding between all relevant
bodies’ (DETR 1998).
To formalise this process, the government suggests
that a joint management group, set up by the relevant authorities,
should include provision for an advisory group made up of local
bodies and individuals with an interest in the mSAC area. In
addition, expanded public consultation should take place on
any substantive management proposals. Government advice makes
clear that this process should continue after designation has
been achieved to ensure that management schemes remain effective.
From a recreation perspective, it is clearly
important for the relevant governing bodies, clubs and individuals
to be fully involved in this process from the outset. The management
initiatives targeted at such participants will only be as successful
as the number of recreational participants who support and participate
in the process.
It is essential that these bodies are made
up of as wide a range of individuals and organisations as possible
including representatives from governing bodies, clubs and industry.
Organisations and individuals, other than those in traditional
policy or decision making positions, should also be encouraged
to become involved.
To keep advisory groups to a manageable size,
sub-groups or working parties should be established to examine
specific topics and feed in to the advisory group.