Recreation : Management : Tools : Consultation

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.


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