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Title: Guide to Best Practice in Seascape Assessment
Authors: Hill, M
Briggs, J
Minto, P
Bagnall, D
Foley, K
Williams, A
Keywords: INTERREG
Issue Date: Mar-2001
Publisher: Marine Institute
Citation: Hill, M., Briggs, J., Minto, P., Bagnall, D., Foley, K. & Williams, A., "Guide to Best Practice in Seascape Assessment", Maritime Ireland/Wales INTERREG Report, Marine Institute 2001
Series/Report no.: Maritime Ireland/Wales INTERREG Report;5
Abstract: Seascape is a crucial element in any maritime nation’s sense of identity and culture. It has played an important part in the history and development of Ireland and Wales. The coast and the sea is a primary holiday and leisure location and is a significant asset in a nation’s recreational resource. The coast and related seascape is a finite resource under almost continual pressure for development. In both Ireland and Wales we are currently experiencing a period of exceptional change around our coasts. The response to sea level rise is generating more proposals for coastal defence works. We have seen the development of new ports and the upgrading of existing facilities, and proposals for aquaculture schemes have become more prevalent around some coasts. Energy strategies are giving rise to wind turbine projects off both coasts. We have also become more aware of how valuable and important our seascapes are to the character and identity of much of our countryside, towns and cities. With all of these development pressures related to the coast and the sea, a systematic approach to issues raised is now timely and essential to ensure that the decision making process has the tools to deal with the upcoming changes. For these reasons development that affects our coasts and seascapes require particular attention and care. Such consideration can best be given in a structure based upon a thorough understanding of the character and values attributable to the relevant seascapes. This guide attempts to provide a methodology to deal with the issues involved.
ISSN: 1393-9025
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