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Improving Sustainability Indicators for Marine Aggregate Dredging

Reference:
09/P95
Start Date:
01 December 2009
Amount Funded:
£30,394
Organisation:
ABP Marine Environmental Research
End Date:
10 December 2010

This study assessed the scope of the existing sustainable development strategy (SDS) developed by the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) under the umbrella of the parent SDS developed by the Mineral Products Association (MPA). The BMAPA strategy is one of the most developed for the marine sector and provides a good benchmark for other marine industries and indeed for UK organisations as a whole, in assessing the sustainability of activities in the marine environment.

Gaps in the strategy are identified, particularly in relation to existing and developing legislation, and recommendations made for further core values, indicators and targets. The assessment has been made based on a review of sustainable development strategies and criteria for indicators of change and relevant targets, and methods for setting these. The review also considers what is achievable at various governmental, sectoral and corporate levels using monitoring data that is currently collected by individual companies and may be collected in the future under developing legislation such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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