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Planning & Environment 

Below you will find resources and practical advice for clubs and boaters about caring for the environment and keeping on the right side of planning and licensing laws.

For further information or specific advice, please contact environment@rya.org.uk or call +44 (0)2380 604 223.

Environmental Advice
Find out how to minimise your impact on the environment.
Offshore Renewable Energy Developments
Information about offshore energy installations around the UK coast and how the RYA is involved.
Marine Conservation Zones
The Marine and Coastal Access Act created a new type of marine protected area: Marine Conservation Zones.
The Green Blue
The Green Blue is the environmental awareness initiative developed by the RYA and British Marine Federation (BMF).
RYA UK Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating
Indicative cruising routes, general sailing and racing areas used by recreational craft around the UK coast.
Planning Regulations for Boating Facilities
These RYA guides aim to help you navigate the planning process so you can carry out work at your club more easily.
Flooding and Coastal Erosion
As an island nation the UK has long been affected by flooding, both coastal and inland.
Marine Management Organisation
The MMO is responsible for marine licensing, marine planning and marine conservation management amongst others.
Marine Planning
Marine spatial planning is a process which brings together stakeholders to make decisions about how to use marine resources sustainably.
Aquaculture
The RYA looks at aquaculture and its potential to affect navigational safety.
Economic Contribution of the Recreational Boater
Understanding the economic contribution recreational boating makes to the UK and English economy.

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