The report highlights lessons learned from the experience of the SSMEI Clyde Pilot and makes recommendations with respect to the possible nature of Regional Marine Plans, the structures and processes under and by which they might be developed, and resource requirements.
Questions this practice may help answer
- What lessons were learned during the development of the Firth of Clyde Pilot MSP?
- What recommendations have been made for the development of MSP across Scotland?
The Marine (Scotland) Bill proposes a new framework for statutory Marine Planning including the development of a strategic National Marine Plan and the creation of Scottish Marine Regions (SMRs) within which Regional Marine Plans will be developed.
This report examines the work of the Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) Clyde Pilot, which, over three years from July 2006, has drafted a strategic Marine Spatial Plan for the marine or tidal extents of the Firth of Clyde. This voluntary Plan has been developed by a small Project Team (1.6fte) overseen by a pre-existing Steering Group of stakeholders and regulators with an independent Chair. The report highlights lessons learned from the experience of the SSMEI Clyde
Pilot and makes recommendations with respect to the possible nature of Regional Marine Plans, the structures and processes under and by which they might be developed, and resource requirements.
Aspects / Objectives
To review the Firth of Clyde SSMEI Pilot Plan and make recommendations for the implementation of MSP in Scotland.
The Project Team and Steering Group critically analysed the process followed in the Firth of Clyde Pilot Plan, and the responses to the public consultation on the draft Plan.
Main Outputs / Results
Online report at: http://www.clydemarineplan.scot/
The report is of particular relevance to the development of MSP in Scotland, but the process and lessons learned may be of wider interest.
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