This document reports on the results of the Stage 3 Stakeholder Participation Process for the ‘Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework’ (MRESF) for Wales; a three stage project currently being undertaken by RPS within Welsh territorial waters on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. The MRESF is aimed at exploring and enabling the potential for renewable energy extraction from Welsh waters, with the intention being to minimise impacts on environmental resources and socio-economic activities, while maximising the potential for sustainable energy production. Stakeholder participation forms a key part of Stage 3, providing stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on and provide input to the proposed methodology for the development of the MRESF Framework. The Stakeholder Participation Process (SPP) commenced on 10th June 2010 and ran for 8 weeks, ending on 4th August 2010. A total of 113 organisations were contacted, with stakeholder participation invited through two main routes: via the stakeholder questionnaire; and two workshops. Feedback from the SPP will be incorporated appropriately into the development of the MRESF. Several of the comments made by stakeholders have been addressed where possible within this report.
The Approach to Sustainable Development Report presents the final outputs of the Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework (MRESF). The MRESF will be an essential management tool for the sustainable development of wave and tidal energy in Wales.