Information from the project has been used by a number of organisations whilst the use of the GIS Mapping system is potentially far reaching and wide ranging. The GIS mapping system can be extended into other areas e.g. inland or other coastal locations. There is also huge potential for other GIS layers and data to be displayed on the system e.g. upcoming Public Rights of Way network, a coasteering management layer and a Plans and Projects section showing consenting and planning within the Pembrokeshire Marine SAC.
Management uses include being the evidence base for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) Recreation Plan. Information from the project has also assisted in providing data for the PCNPA Enjoy Website where management issues and knowledge of capacity have proved a useful tool in drawing up messages for best practice. Recreation layers have been used in the Management Plan for the Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries European Marine Site. The project is confirmed to be part of Welsh Government’s Destination Management Toolkit looking at sustainable management of tourism destinations throughout Wales. It will also be used by ARCOPOL when emergency planning for coastal pollution responses. Used by Local Authorities in the applications to the Welsh Government for designation of bathing waters.
Information from the project has been further used to assist with the mapping of potential areas of coastline that could be developed as new commercial coasteering locations. A new coasteering management GIS layer funded by The National Trust was added in 2011. Click here for more details. New layers and funding have also been contributed by the PCNPA to display the PROW network e.g. bridleways/footpaths.
The WAM project was chosen as an example of worldwide good practice by consultants working for the UAE government as they were reviewing sustainable recreation and tourism management using GIS. Additionally, the project was used by the Welsh government in researching the value of sea angling in Wales.
The database, GIS layers and further information have been provided to a number of organisations and individuals including
- CCW (now NRW) in relation to recreation and Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones in Wales.
- DECC regarding the Marine Action Plan.
- Plymouth Marine Lab.
- Finding Sanctuary and the Irish Sea Conservation Zones projects.
- Tidal Energy Limited during thier Environmental Impact Assessment within Ramsey Sound.
- South and West Wales Marine Federation regarding the number and location of moorings and slipways.
- Welsh Government for their upcoming Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework.
- Welsh Government requiring information on coastal activity when looking at Coastguard cover.
- Marine Conservation Society looking for the most appropriate locations to site angling litter bins.
- Consultants working on a Seascapes project for the National Park and CCW (now NRW).
- St Justinians BOA to demonstrate the economic value of wildlife boat tours around Ramsey Island
More detail on uses and potential uses can be found by hovering over the Uses tab above. The type of information contained with the GIS mapping system can be seen here. Some of the services we can provide can be found here.
To view how the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has used the project watch the video below