Recreation management techniques in coastal areas
The designation of European marine sites has
taken place within the context of existing patterns of use.
It should not be assumed therefore that the requirement to maintain
the conservation interest is necessarily incompatible with existing
activities within sites. It is only through site level assessment
that the need for particular management schemes will be manifest.
There are a variety of management methods available
for the management of recreation in coastal areas. These techniques
can in some cases work as stand alone actions but more often
will be used in combination with other measures. It is important
that relevant authorities and site managers are aware of management
measures that are already in place at site level, whether for
conservation objectives or for safety and amenity purposes.
The latter may well be contributing indirectly to the SACís
Where new measures are required, existing structures
may provide the most appropriate management route. In areas
with few existing mechanisms for managing recreational activities,
there is the opportunity to build comprehensive consultation
into the initial development of the strategy.
A wide range of management strategies are available
to reduce the potential conflict between water-based recreation
and marine features. These can include liaison between interested
parties, effective zoning, constraints on activities and changes
in habitat management. Such measures can be undertaken from
a voluntary approach or through regulation.
A hierarchical approach
to activity control in a variable environment