Year of Coasts & Waters 2020 MicrO Local Area Grants

In 2020, Scotland celebrates its Coasts and Waters with a year-long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals and mills, Scotland’s Coasts and Waters have shaped our… Read more »

Marine Climate Change Impacts: Report Card 2020

The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership have just issued the Report Card for 2020. The Report Card 2020 summarises the latest evidence from 26 topics regarding the physical, ecological, and social and economic impacts of climate change on UK coasts and seas. New topics for this year include oxygen, cultural heritage, and transport and infrastructure…. Read more »

Challenges and Choices Consultation – Environment Agency

Water keeps us alive, drives our economy and sustains wildlife. Our rivers, lakes, canals, coasts and groundwater, and the essential services they provide society, are worth billions of pounds to the UK economy. However, wildlife and the benefits we get from our waters are threatened by the damage we are causing through development, industry, flood… Read more »

Replacement of European Structural Funds post EU-Exit: consultation

If the UK leaves the EU it will no longer receive European Structural Funds. The purpose of these funds is to “invest in job creation and a sustainable and healthy European economy and environment.”. In Scotland, they have played a vital role in reducing disparities between different parts of the country for over 40 years…. Read more »

National Planning Framework 4 – early engagement

The Scottish Government have published information on how they will engage with stakeholders to support the preparation of the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4), and they have also opened a Call for Ideas. They want to hear from you with your thoughts and priorities. The Programme for Engagement explains and highlights the package of engagement… Read more »

Still Time to Have Your Say on the New Solway Coast AONB Management Plan

There is still time to have your say on the new Solway Coast AONB Management Plan Over the last 6 months the Solway Coast AONB team have consulted widely to find out what people value about the Solway Coast AONB and the priorities for those who live, work, visit and look after this special place…. Read more »

Consultation Events in Stranraer and Newton Stewart for the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

The Consultation for the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy is now open. The Consultation will run from 18 December 2019 until 25 March 2020. Join the consultation event in Stranraer on Thursday 6 February or Newton Stewart on Friday 7 February for the Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. See posters below… Read more »

Vacancy for Marine Planning Policy Officer

Marine Scotland are currently seeking applications for a Marine Planning Policy Officer based in Glasgow or Edinburgh.  Marine Scotland is the lead marine management organisation in Scotland. It sits within DG Economy and is a part of the core Scottish Government. Its purpose is to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely… Read more »

Draft North West Marine Plan

This week, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) launched the public consultation on the draft North East, draft North West, draft South East and draft South West Marine Plans. The consultation will be open between 14 January 2020 and 6 April 2020; stakeholders will be able to respond to the consultation for the draft North East,… Read more »

FIDRA News Jan 2020

The Fidra Newsletter for January 2020 is now out.  A few of the highlights are: One harmful chemical, BPA, has been banned from use in till receipts. 2020 marks Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters FIDRA are celebrating YCW2020 with the Great Global Nurdle Hunt 13-22 March. Meanwhile our work on packaging continues as we… Read more »