Live tunas. (Photo: Magrama)
Inter-ministerial commission for marine strategy created
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 16:20 (GMT + 9)
The Council of Ministers approved the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) to create the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Marine Strategies.
Its main function will be to coordinate the development, implementation and monitoring of marine environment planning, which are the objectives of the Law on Protection of the Marine Environment.
This legislation makes it mandatory to develop marine strategies for the five marine districts -- North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Strait and Alborán, Levantine-Balearic and Canary Islands -- and update them every six years.
In addition, the Protection Act includes protection measures such as the creation of Protected Marine Areas Network in Spain, the protection of marine habitats and species and the regulation of effluents to the sea, in the framework of the integrated maritime policy, reported Magrama.
The new committee will also coordinate the exchange of information on facilities, projects and sector plans affecting the marine environment to ensure that every Marine strategy adopted for each district is consistent.
Under the new royal decree, the committee will include representatives of all the departments involved and experts and specialists from other agencies.
The presidency shall be exercised by the head of the State Secretary of Environment and the vice-presidency will be the responsibility of the head of the Department of Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea, both of Magrama.
The members shall be two representatives from each of the Ministries of Development; Industry, Energy and Tourism, Economy and Competitiveness; Agriculture, Food and Environment; as well as a delegate of the Ministries of Defence; Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Finance and Public Administration; Interior; Education, Culture and Sport; and Health, Social Services and Equality.
The proponents of this Commission determined that based on the content of the issues to be treated, representatives of other entities of the Central Government and experts on these topics may join to collaborate and advice.
The constitution and functioning of the Commission will not involve an increase in public spending.
By Analia Murias