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 with a range of delivery partners to do so. With 61% of the UK sea area, a fishing and aquaculture industry worth over £1 billion and 50,000 jobs in the marine economy and at least 6,500 species of marine plants and animals this is a high profile and fast paced policy area.
The Marine Planning and Policy Division is responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of Scotland’s marine area. This post sits within the Marine Planning & Strategy Team.
Effective marine planning is key to achieving Marine Scotland’s vision, ensuring that the marine and coastal environment is managed in an integrated and holistic way. In 2015 Scotland published its first National Marine Plan – a single framework for managing our seas. The next step, following the National Marine Plan is to translate this into regional marine plans ensuring that marine planning can be implemented effectively at the local level, allowing local and regional communities and sectoral stakeholders to address local issues and inform decision making.
The primary focus of this role will be to facilitate and manage the implementation and operational management of the Regional Marine Planning and Local Coastal Partnerships and ultimately assist these organisations in delivering marine planning initiatives at a regional level. To date, Clyde and Shetland RMPPs have been established and are in the early stages of developing their Regional Plans. Orkney has been identified as the next region to establish an MPP. It is the intention that Regional Marine Planning Partnerships and Plans will eventually be in place for 11 marine regions around Scotland. This post will play a pivotal role in making this happen.
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