The Solent Forum

Working in partnership for the future

Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement in Marine Planning

The Solent Forum, and other coastal partnerships around the country, worked with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) on a project to Enhance Stakeholder Engagement in the marine planning process. The Solent lies within the areas covered by the South Marine Plans. The project covered the period 2017 to 2020. 

Project objectives:

Project Tasks

The project asked for three main tasks and the Solent Forum undertook the following:

  1. Stakeholder engagement workshop - see below
  2. Pilot of how to best work with a recreational user group (RYA) to get information on marine plans to recreational users
  3. An animation of how marine plans work and how they are relevant to coastal stakeholders, in association with the Devon Maritime Forum and the Dorset Coast Forum -

The project was managed by the national MMO marine planning team and was funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement (ESE) Workshop - 10 October 2018

The Solent Forum, working in partnership with the MMO, hosted a workshop with Solent stakeholders on 10 October 2018, discussing how we can enhance stakeholder engagement in the implementation of and monitoring of the newly adopted South Marine Plans.

The final workshop report that sets out the findings is available to download.


The main objectives of the Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement project were to: