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Explore our Scottish Coastal Partnerships below. Visit their websites by clicking on their names and be sure to follow them on Twitter for updates on the great work they do in their local areas.


Solway Firth Partnership is an independent charity that works to support a vibrant and sustainable local economy while respecting, protecting and celebrating the distinctive character, heritage and natural features of our marine and coastal area.

We do this by working with people on both sides of the Solway Firth and further afield on a wide range of projects. We also contribute to development of policies for management of the coast and sea. We aim to engage with as many people as possible to help ensure that local views shape the future of the area.

EGCP Ltd is a not-for-profit limited company representing individuals and organisations who have an interest in the wellbeing of the local coast between Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh and the mouth of the River North Esk, by St Cyrus. A major part of our work is spent on projects to achieve our aims and objectives and to improve the area for both locals and visitors alike. This can include one off projects or those which are ongoing. Please see the website for more information on current projects.


The Moray Firth Partnership plays a unique role as a neutral, independent charity in promoting and facilitating sustainable solutions to the marine and coastal challenges faced by the Moray Firth and its communities.

With our strategic overview of the area, we bring together a wide range of interested parties to increase our shared understanding, encourage joint working, and facilitate the development of long-term sustainable solutions. SCRAPbook is one of our key areas of work, using aeriel photography to find hidden litter on Scotland’s coastline.

The Forum’s purpose is to promote the wise and sustainable use of the Forth. The Forum aims to bring together all those with an interest in the development and use of the coast and marine area, to work towards a balance between economic growth, environmental protection and social well being, through good planning, management and communication. The Forum is the only organisation that has a strategic overview of the Forth as a whole and it works as a neutral body to allow it to develop and maintain working relationships with a range of interest groups.  The Forum has a key role in maintaining good communication between stakeholders. This aids understanding of the issues in the coastal and marine environment and encourages a co-ordinated approach to the management of the coast and marine area.


The Tay Estuary Forum brings together organisations and individuals with a common interest in the welfare and sustainable use of the Tay Estuary and adjacent coastline. Our area stretches from the River North Esk on the Angus coastline, to Fife Ness, including the Tay Estuary to its tidal limit at Scone. A Steering Group, comprising representatives from key organisations that operate within the region, meet regularly to manage the direction and progression of the work of the Forum, and a Secretariat based at the University of Dundee, takes care of the day-to-day business.

Scottish Marine Planning Partnerships 


The Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) is made up of more than 20 organisations and statutory bodies who have a stake in how the Clyde is managed. The membership reflects the range of interests around the Clyde from fisheries and aquaculture to tourism and recreation, business and industry to nature conservation and wildlife. The members of the Partnership are locally based in the region or operate at the regional level meaning they have a wealth of expertise and knowledge to bring to the development of the regional marine plan.

The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced a new era for the management of Scotland’s seas including provision for local stakeholders to prepare statutory regional marine plans at the local level. A regional marine plan is the marine equivalent of a local development plan, containing statutory local policies and spatial plans to guide marine consenting and management decisions. Regional marine plans are prepared by Marine Planning Partnerships (MPPs) representing the economic, community, environmental and recreational interests within a local marine region. MPPs are established to enable local ownership of policy development and decision making taking account of local circumstances. The Council is currently leading the development of the Orkney Islands Marine Planning Partnership with the aim of establishing the partnership in 2019.

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The Shetland Isles is one of the first of two areas to take forward regional marine planning. The proposed delegate and draft direction were announced in a public notice in the Shetland Times on 12 February 2016. On 22 March 2016, Scottish Ministers gave a Direction to prepare a regional marine plan to the Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust (operating as the NAFC Marine Centre) and Shetland Islands Council, which together make the Shetland Isles Marine Planning Partnership.

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