Marine Spatial Planning

National Marine Planning

Oceans and seas cover 70 per cent of the Earth's surface. For Scotland, the coasts and seas provide food, energy sources (wind, wave and tidal power, minerals and fossil fuels), routes and harbours for shipping, tourism and recreational opportunities and sites of cultural and historical interest. They also contain distinctive and important habitats and support a diverse range of species which we need to protect, conserve and enhance.

For further information on National Marine Planning please click here.

Firth of Clyde Forum

The coastal zone is a complex and integrated system of landforms, formed as a result of various processes of change. It encompasses important habitats for a variety of species, provides significant maritime transportation and is an economic, recreation and tourism resource for local communities and visitors.

The Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan (the Plan) establishes an overarching policy framework to facilitate the sustainable development of activities within the Firth of Clyde.

This is an area with a wealth of social and cultural, environmental and economic resources that are increasingly coming under pressure from the aspirations of a growing number of users.

The Plan has been in development since 2006 with the emphasis on consultation with stakeholders at all stages. This document represents an innovative approach to marine planning, based on Scottish Ministers' commitment to making marine management more efficient, inclusive and accessible now and for future generations.

To download a copy of the Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan (July 2010) please click here.

To access the Firth of Clyde Forum's Web Site click here.

Ayrshire Green Network

Ayrshire Green Network

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere

The Socio-Economic Potential of the Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve

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Last Updated: 23 January 2014