Nearly a fifth of Scotland’s coastline is at risk of erosion, threatening some of the country’s most prized land and infrastructure within the next 30 years. The potentially devastating effects of climate change and coastal erosion came to light after experts from the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Glasgow studied […]

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RSPB Scotland applies for permission to appeal against recent decision on offshore wind farm judicial review RSPB ‘RSPB Scotland has applied directly to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal against the recent decision by the Inner House of the Court of Session on its Firth of Forth offshore wind farm judicial review. The Inner […]

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Funding of £4.3m is to be shared between projects aimed at regenerating Scottish coastal communities. The money from the Coastal Communities Fund will go towards 18 schemes designed to boost tourism, create jobs and grow the economy. Among the grants is: £300,000 towards 64 miles of coastal paths at the Rhins of Galloway in south […]

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Scotland: Building a commercial seaweed industry. First policy guidelines for sustainable seaweed cultivation. The first set of policy guidelines for the commercial cultivation of seaweed in Scotland have been published. The Seaweed Cultivation Policy Statement also sets out the framework concerning the environmental impacts of seaweed farms, including the requirements to: consider and mitigate adverse […]

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In early 2016 Scottish Government established fisheries restrictions in Scottish Marine Protected Areas to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems. The ‘mobile’ fishing sector (i.e. the part of the fishing industry most likely to be affected by these MPA) raised many concerns about the negative impact the restrictions could have on coastal communities. This report looks at […]

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