In 2018, Tim & Rachel took over from Lucy as co-convenors of the Forum. Their vision for the forum is that we collaboratively develop two goals. Firstly we will encourage research for planning and management- which will inform and provide an evidence base for various applied assessments and real-world questions. For MPG this will involve engaging those in other MASTS fora to support wider understanding of marine planning, management and regulatory processes. It will also involve engaging professional practitioners to understand their needs and requirements and highlight novel opportunities provided by science. Secondly we will foster research about marine planning and governance. This will draw together social scientists and interdisciplinary researchers across Scotland, especially those who evaluate and analyse marine planning, but also and other related topics, including but not limited to: the ecosystem approach, ecosystem services framework, good governance, development in maritime sectors and blue growth. There is a need to explore how MPG can best support this. This vision is premised upon on convictions about: the number of focussed but tractable and timely goals the Forum can achieve in the next two years; the current and potential make-up of the fora (which spans social scientists, natural scientists and those in government and professional practice at both national and regional scales); and convictions about the nature of good scholarship. We invite others to get involved in forming the vision, and recognise that others in the forum might have broader goals and we are keen to facilitate these too.
In Scotland, the National Marine Plan was published in March 2015, and work is now underway to develop Regional Marine Plans across the 11 Scottish Marine Regions in territorial waters. The MASTS Marine Planning & Governance Forum leads dialogue between the Government, marine planners, local authorities, stakeholders and the scientific community, to identify and address the knowledge gaps in implementing effective marine planning.
Read the report “Using marine planning to balance competing demands on the marine environment: International comparisons” written by Shucksmith, R., Stojanovic, T., Slater A.M., Withouck, I., Allan, K for the ECCLR committee (2021)
Download the report from the 2019 MPG Forum workshop – “Science of and for marine planning“
Download the report from the Clyde Schools Engagement Project
Download the report from a MASTS Marine Planning and Governance Forum Workshop to provide a sense-check of the draft Clyde & Shetland Regional Assessments, March 2017.
Download the final report from the MASTS Marine Planning and Governance Forum Workshop at the Annual Science Meeting in Glasgow, 21st October 2016 (“Where are we? Exploring the National Marine Plan Review Process in Scotland”)
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