CEP is contributing to research led by ICF to provide baseline social information for the Marine Management Organisation
ICF, CEP and ABPmer were contracted by Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to undertake a study to support social baseline assessments for marine plans.
After an initial identification and prioritisation of social evidence needs, three research topics were agreed with MMO. CEP is leading on two research topics: Seascape quality, value and links to sense of place; and Health and wellbeing benefits of coastal recreation and barriers to access. Research on a third priority topic (Socio-economic deprivation in coastal communities) is being led by ICF. CEP’s research involves literature review, focus groups, interviews and analysis. For the Seascapes research, ABPmer developed a tailored-made online survey and map to gather the views of local residents about the coastal places that are special for them.
The research topics will be published as separate reports later this year on the MMO’s website