When approved and implemented in 2017, Plan Maritime 2030: Abu Dhabi Coastal and Marine Framework Plan (the Plan) will provide strategic guidance and direction for the future development of Abu Dhabi’s coastal and marine area.
The Urban Planning Council (UPC) led the preparation of the Plan by working closely with the Office of the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (ODSC) and the Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi (EAD) to implement a key initiative of the Maritime Strategy 2009, a high-level strategy to ensure the protection and enhancement of the Emirate’s maritime domain for the diverse uses and activities occurring within it. The Plan was prepared to implement the first goal of the Maritime Strategy that recommended the preparation of a framework plan to fulfill the requirement for ‘sustainable use and development of the maritime domain’.
Begun in 2013, development of the Plan closely followed the step-by-step approach outlined in the IOC’s guide to MSP. Extensive stakeholder engagement as an important aspects of the overall MSP process. A draft of the Plan was completed in May 2016. The Plan Maritime 2030: Abu Dhabi Coastal and Marine Framework Plan and its Implementation Plan are tentatively scheduled to be released publically in April 2017.
|Authority:||Executive order or directive|
|Lead Planning Agency:||Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council|
|Financing:||Not known or approved at this time|
|Size of Planning Area:||10,000-50,000 km2|
|Time required to complete the plans:||2-4 years|
|Drivers of MSP:||Need for a more integrated approach; Economic growth concerns; Perceived conflicts among uses, e.g., marine mining v. fishing; Perceived conflicts between uses and nature conservation, e.g., marine protected areas; Marine conservation or biodiversity concerns; New and emerging uses of the marine area, e.g., wind energy, aquaculture; Effects of climate change (e.g., sea-level rise)|
|Stakeholder participation:||Throughout the MSP process|
|Sectors included in planning:||All|
|Relation to coastal management:||Not specified|
|Relation to marine protected area management:||Existing and future MPAs incorporated in the management plan|
|Plan approval:||Plan completed, but not yet approved|
|Legal Status of Plan:||Advisory/Strategic|
|Plan revision:||Review/revision every 4-5 years|
|Performance monitoring and evaluation:||Plan has not been revised yet|