Skip to main content

Marine Environment: Protected Areas

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in preparing the draft Marine Bill, they will be obtaining international scientific advice; whether the draft Bill will reflect the action plan agreed in Johannesburg in 2001 for a global network of marine protected areas by 2012; and whether it will reflect the emerging European Marine Strategy Directive. [HL631]

In preparing proposals for a Marine Bill, the Government have consulted widely and have considered relevant European and wider international policy and scientific developments.

Marine conservation zones introduced by the Bill will help to deliver an ecologically coherent network of well managed protected areas by 2012 and thereby to meeting a range of international commitments, including those under OSPAR, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The Marine Strategy Directive seeks to achieve good environmental status in Europe's marine environment. It is a framework directive and is still being negotiated. The Marine Bill will include new powers to help achieve the goal of the directive.