The Scottish MPA Project
The Scottish MPA Project is a joint initiative between Marine Scotland , the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Historic Scotland , the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and SNH. A wide range of work is being carried out including marine survey work, research, data review and assessment, and engaging with stakeholders.
On 1st November 2012, SNH and JNCC submitted formal advice to Marine Scotland on the selection of Nature Conservation MPAs and development of an ecologically coherent network of MPAs. On 14th December 2012, Ministers will provide Scottish Parliament with an update on progress. More details can be found on our MPA advice page .
The Scottish MPA Project has been carried out in collaboration with a range of marine stakeholders. This has involved:
- discussions through the Marine Strategy Forum ;
- a series of national MPA stakeholder workshops ; and
- meetings with stakeholder representatives and groups.
In 2013, we will continue to meet with stakeholders to discuss our advice and answer any questions people may have.
To comment on the Scottish MPA Project, or if you have a question not covered in the FAQs on this page, please send us an email.
Marine Scotland intends to run a public consultation on the Nature Conservation MPA proposals and the development of an ecologically coherent network of MPAs starting in summer 2013.
To help people understand what an MPA might mean for them, we are working with Marine Scotland and JNCC to produce guidance on the management of MPAs. We are also planning to provide management options for each MPA proposal at the time of the public consultation.
Piloting the use of motion graphics
SNH wants to help people understand why we consider MPAs to be special. In 2010 we commissioned a new way of using marine survey data to help people visualise the special qualities of habitats and species within MPAs. The pilot interactive motion graphics resource uses data from the Loch Sunart Special Area of Conservation. The project report outlines the process taken and features the views of those who tested the resource.
We would like to hear your views on the effectiveness of motion graphics as a way of encouraging interest in MPAs. Some internet services may be insufficient to access this resource. If you would like us to send you a DVD version or to leave feedback, please use the link at the bottom of this page.
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