On the 10th of February the constitution of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) was formally adopted and the new Partnership was nominated to develop a statutory regional marine plan for the Clyde Marine Region.
The Firth of Clyde Forum has now effectively been closed and the work of marine planning will be taken forward by the new Partnership.
Project Manager, Fiona Mills said, "This is what we have been working towards for a long time now and we are delighted to have taken this step forward. As many of our loyal readers will recall from articles in the Forums’ newsletter, Clyde Breakers, it has been a long road from the publication of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 to today. Over the next two to three years the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, working with stakeholders and local communities, plans to develop a Regional Marine Plan for the Clyde Marine Region."
Marine planning is a process that brings together different users of the marine and coastal area, to make coordinated and informed decisions about how to manage and use marine resources sustainably within the Plan area. This process will build on the Forum’s past work, particularly the SSMEI pilot, and draw in learning and experiences from previous projects. The partnership will also continue to work wherever possible on projects that will inform the marine planning process.
The draft Direction is now open for comment. Details of how you can submit your comments to Marine Scotland are available here and for further information on marine planning visit Marine Scotland’s site.