Delivering Marine Net Gain

Project Aim:

To provide an analysis underpinning the development of innovative policy approaches to environmental restoration and Marine Net Gain (MNG).

Project Outcome:

The development of evidence-based and innovative policy making in the UK regarding the implementation of MNG.

HMC undertook an analysis of the UK government policy and delivery landscape to support Defra in understanding how the concept of Marine Net Gain (MNG) could be delivered through existing management processes and new or emerging delivery routes, including a review of the constraints and opportunities associated with different management regimes.

This project produced an overview of marine governance in the UK, setting out the approach to integration and coordination of marine policy across departments and delivery bodies. This informed an analysis of interactions with MNG, setting out policy and decision-making in England which interact with MNG. This included related or supportive policy frameworks and objectives, and decision-making regimes addressing biodiversity or wider environmental management of marine activities, including assessment and monitoring.

The final output was a summary of the findings of the analysis, succinctly yet comprehensively presented to facilitate evidence-based policy making regarding the implementation of MNG.

Key messages:

  • HMC worked with Defra to provide an analysis to underpin the development of innovative policy approaches to environmental restoration and Marine Net Gain
  • Our expert knowledge of the UK marine policy and legislative landscape allowed us to determine the constraints and opportunities to delivering Marine Net Gain
  • Our work has provided evidence to support innovation in UK policy making

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