SMILE Project
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The aim of the Solway Marine Information, Learning and Education (SMILE) Project is to update the 1996 ‘State of the Solway Review’, using innovative communication methods to gather pan-estuary information, learn from stakeholders and promote a better understanding of the Solway Firth ecosystem.   The update is required in the light of new demands made on the estuary’s resources and in the context of marine planning. The Review will provide some of the evidence by which a sustainable approach to planning and management may be achieved; thereby helping to deliver the ecosystem based marine planning frameworks developed for the Solway.


The SMILE Project offers a significant opportunity to develop the foundations for a cross-boundary ecosystem approach to support the future management of the Solway Firth through provision of high quality data and local information.  A SMILE Project Officer will be responsible for identifying gaps in existing data while gathering information and sharing knowledge through the development and production of the revised ‘State of the Solway’ review.  They will undertake wide-ranging sectoral and stakeholder engagement using innovative communication methods, working with and learning from the Severn Estuary’s similar cross border situation with England/Wales, so that the information and evidence gathered can subsequently be disseminated across the Solway Firth in support of other initiatives and projects.


The project will be running until December 2020. 


If you would like to find out more or share your thoughts on the Solway, please contact the Project Officer on: 01387 702362 or email:




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