UPC hosts Second Plan Maritime 2030 Charette

ABU DHABI: The UPC today held its second charette of the year to update stakeholders on the progress of the Plan Maritime 2030: Coastal and Marine Framework Plan.

More than 200 Government officials attended Plan Maritime Charette 2, where they were briefed about the latest plan developments since the first charette, and discussed the key challenges and opportunities to be addressed in the Framework Plan. The agencies pro-actively worked together to refine the draft policy framework and formulate the working draft concept framework plan, the key map integrating a balance of use of activity in the coastal and marine areas of the Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Part of the Abu Dhabi Maritime Strategy, Plan Maritime 2030 has a vision for a “safe, secure and sustainable maritime domain”. Its stated goals include balancing economic growth and societal needs, quality of life with marine conservation, and providing efficient and environmentally aware maritime transport solutions.

The charette participants also worked effectively on drafting policies, measurable objectives and management actions to facilitate framework plan implementation and five year monitoring.

The next steps will see the Plan Maritime 2030 Project Team incorporate the key messages from the event and proceed with the development of the initial draft spatial framework plan, including plan objectives, policies and management actions.

The maritime economy contributes to about 68 percent of Abu Dhabi GDP, according to data that incorporates sectors including recreation and tourism, extractive industries, e.g. oil and gas, energy, commercial, ports, aquaculture and fishing, marine services and transportation.

Plan Maritime 2030 is the fourth framework plan to be prepared, and will complement Plan Capital 2030, Plan Al Ain 2030 and Plan Al Gharbia 2030 in supporting the goals of Vision 2030, launched by the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Scheduled for completion in 2015, its aim is to ensure the safe and sustainable development of Abu Dhabi’s maritime domain, which is inextricably linked to its long-term economic viability.