In May 2019, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee agreed to examine the experience of developing and implementing Regional Marine Plans in Scotland, ten years on from the Marine Planning (Scotland) Act 2010 that provided the framework for Plans.
An interim report has now been published. It summarises information gathered by the Committee to date. In the next phase of the Committee’s inquiry, the Committee intends to commission academic research exploring international comparisons of the implementation and governance of marine planning to-
better understand how the implementation of marine spatial planning can balance competing demands on the marine environment; and
deliver protection and enhancement of the marine environment
using examples from other countries and the rest of the UK.
To read the interim report visit the Scottish Parliament website