National Marine Plan: Sustainability Appraisal Report

This report summarises the findings from a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the draft National Marine Plan (NMP). SA of the draft plan is required by the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The SA has considered the potential social, economic and enviro

Appendix 1. SEA/ SA Checklist


An outline of the contents and main objectives of the plan, and

Section 2.2

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of its relationship (if any) with other qualifying plans and programmes.

Section 2.1

Figures 2 and 3


The relevant aspects of the current state of the environment and the likely evolution thereof without implementation of the plan or programme.

Section 3


The environmental characteristics of areas likely to be significantly affected.

Section 3


Any existing environmental problems which are relevant to the plan or programme including, in particular, those relating to any areas of a particular environmental importance, such as areas designated [under the Birds and Habitats Directives].

Section 3


The environmental protection objectives, established at international, Community or Member State level, which are relevant to the plan or programme and

Section 2.3 and Appendix 2

the way those objectives and any environmental considerations have been taken into account during its preparation.

Section 4

Table 2


The likely significant effects on the environment, including:

Section 5

(a) on issues such as:

(i) biodiversity;

Section 5.1

(ii) population;

Section 5.8

(iii) human health;

Section 5.8

(iv) fauna;

Section 5.1

(v) flora;

Section 5.1

(vi) soil;

Section 5.7

(vii) water;

Section 5.2

(viii) air;

Section 5.3

(ix) climatic factors;

Section 5.6

(x) material assets;

Section 5.8

(xi) cultural heritage, including architectural and archaeological heritage;

Section 5.5

(xii) landscape; and

Section 5.4

(xiii) the inter-relationship between the issues referred to in heads (i) to (xii);

Section 5

(b) short, medium and long-term effects;

Section 5 &

Section 5.10

(c) permanent and temporary effects;

(d) positive and negative effects; and

(e) secondary, cumulative and synergistic effects.


The measures envisaged to prevent, reduce and as fully as possible offset any significant adverse effects on the environment of implementing the plan or programme.

Section 5


An outline of the reasons for selecting the alternatives dealt with and

Section 2.2; 5.8

a description of how the assessment was undertaken including any difficulties (such as technical deficiencies or lack of expertise) encountered in compiling the required information.

Section 4


A description of the measures envisaged concerning monitoring in accordance with section 19.

Section 6


A non-technical summary ( NTS) of the information provided under paragraphs 1 to 9.

NTS at front of report


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