Bahrain is the only “island” nation in the Gulf region. 80% of its territory is below mean low water and hence classified as “marine”. No planning regulations in “marine” space.
Local Bahraini coastal communities are losing access to the sea through new reclamation programmes
Bahraini fishing communities face an uncertain economic future. The Marine Spatial Plan shall seek to control offshore development and protect customary fishing rights
The unique pearl trade needs both cultural and environmental protection as part of the Marine Spatial Plan process.