Coastal areas add aesthetic value to the Kingdom of Bahrain. As a result, the Supreme Council for the Environment is keen preparing necessary studies to protect coastal areas while planning development projects. It also expresses opinion about the environmental impacts of these projects prior to their approval by the relevant sides.
Among the most prominent national efforts to protect coastal areas are:
- Adopting the environmental calendar for projects that may affect areas with outstanding environmental value, private ones that are related to one or more public development activities, infrastructure, using and exploiting natural resources, ports, airports, roads, new cities or public areas, as stipulated by the Ministerial Edict No (1) of 1998 on Environmental Assessment of Projects.
- Adopting the concept of integrated management of the coastal and marine environment in the urban planning chapter of the National Strategic Master Plan 2030.