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Marine planning (also known as marine spatial planning) involves all users and stakeholders of the marine and coastal zone in managing marine resources. This includes the public and different interests such as shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, defence, transport, conservation, recreation and government. The marine planning process brings all these groups and interests together with the aim of creating policies and plans which meeting the economic, ecological and social outcomes desired for the area. Marine planning has been seen to be an effective tool for reducing conflict between users and creating a balance between competing demands.
The Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan was developed over a period of 3 years and published in 2010 under the auspices of the SSMEI (Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative). The Clyde was selected as one of five areas to develop and evaluate approaches to the sustainable management of Scotland’s marine resources.
The Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan, the Strategic Environmental Assessment and other final reports can be downloaded by following these links:
Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan (48MB please allow time to download)
Appropriate Assessment (<1MB)
Consultation Report (<1MB)
Lessons Learned (<1MB)
Action Plan (<1MB)
Since 2010 when the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 came into force, much has happened in Scotland to develop marine planning. The Act aims to safeguard the future of Scotland’s seas. It introduces a duty to protect and enhance the marine environment while including measures to boost economic investment and growth in different sectors. The Scottish National Marine Plan (2014) established a single framework for managing inshore (out to 12 nautical miles) and offshore waters (12 to 200 nautical miles) and sets out an overarching structure for marine activity.
11 Scottish Marine Regions (SMRs) have also been identified, of which Clyde and Shetland Isles have been chosen as the first to begin statutory marine planning.
The role of the marine planning partnerships, through the creation of a regional marine plan, will include:
- Assessing the condition of the region
- Summarising the significant pressures and consequences of human activity
- Setting economic, social, marine ecosystem and climate change policies to address these pressures
- Keeping under review the characteristics of the region: the purposes of its use, the communication energy and transport systems and the living resources it supports
On 10th February 2016 Core Group members of the Firth of Clyde Forum met to sign the constitution of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, marking the establishment of this body. Please see the attachment below to read the constitution.
Currently, work is progressing on the assessment of the condition of the region. This will identify significant pressures and main issues to be dealt with in the marine plan. For updates on the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, please sign up to the mailing list on the left hand side of this page- http://www.clydeforum.com/
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There are a number of supporting documents. You can download these documents below:
|Report Name||Description||Links to download|
- Applied to the FoCMSP
|The Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan has adopted the eco-system approach to sustainable development. This paper outlines the key elements of the eco-system approach and describes how it has been applied to the development of the plan.||Download Report|
|How can the Ecosystem Approach be applied to Scottish (Regional) Marine Planning?||A summary of key findings from an MSc project into the Ecosystem Approach including a proposed integrated framework to guide regional planners.||Download Report|
|Landscape/Seascape Assessment: Firth of Clyde||This report provides a brief landscape visual assessment of the Firth of Clyde. It identifies strategic landscape/seascape zones within the Clyde.||Download Report|
|Review of biodiversity for Marine Spatial Planning within the Firth of Clyde||This report brings together the existing marine biodiversity knowledge on the Firth of Clyde and identifies areas of biodiversity interest and gaps in current knowledge.||Download Report|
|Sectoral Interactions in the Firth of Clyde||This report describes the interactions among key sectors utilising the marine environment of the Firth of Clyde and includes an interactions matrix of activities.||Download Report
|Socio-economic Review||The socio-economic Review presents a range of socio-economic analysis of the Firth of Clyde including: a high level socio-economic overview; a detailed review of the key marine related sector; and a review of the key coastal settlements.||Download Report|
|State of the Clyde Report||This is a summary of existing environmental information. It describes the current status and where known, trends in status of some specific environmental components of the Firth.||Download Report|
|The process of Developing a Seabed Habitat Map for the Firth of Clyde||This report describes the process involved in developing a seabed habitat map for the Firth of Clyde.||Download Report|
|Sectoral Workshop Reports||There are reports available on the outcomes of each of the sectoral workshops held for: Conservation and Biodiversity; Fishing; Mariculture; Recreation and Tourism; Shipping and Transport. these identify the key drivers and establish the strategic position in these sectors.||Conservation & Biodiversity
Recreation & Tourism
Shipping & Transport