National marine plan 2: engagement strategy

Stakeholder engagement strategy and statement of public participation for Scotland's national marine plan 2.


1. Marine planning in Scotland's inshore waters (out to 12nm) and offshore waters (12 to 200nm) is governed respectively by the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, an Act of the Scottish Parliament and by the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, an Act of the UK Parliament.

2. To guide marine planning at the regional scale, section 1(5) of the Marine Scotland Act (2010) provides the Scottish Ministers with powers to identify boundaries for Scottish marine regions. Following extensive consultation, eleven Scottish Marine Regions have been defined, covering sea areas extending from the coastline out to 12nm.

3. Marine Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, has the primary responsibility for marine planning, conservation and licensing from Mean High Water Springs out to 200nm. In the intertidal zone, between low and high water springs, terrestrial planning authority overlaps with Marine Scotland Directorate's responsibilities for the marine area. For more information, see: Planning Circular 1/2015, 'The relationship between the statutory land use planning system and marine planning and licensing'.

4. The Blue Economy Vision for Scotland sets out the Scottish Government's long-term ambition for Scotland's blue economy to 2045. It promotes an approach that is consistent with Scotland's National Performance Framework and our international obligations.

5. A Theory of Change is a way of explaining how a given intervention or set of interventions (the actions we take to engage stakeholders throughout the marine planning process) will lead to a specific change, and ultimately our long-term aspirations (our vision for NMP2 stakeholder engagement).

6. The UK Marine Policy Statement (MPS) is the framework for preparing Marine Plans and taking decisions affecting the marine environment.



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