Lessons learned from existing partnerships

If you’re part of an existing Partnership – what advice would you pass on to any new Partnerships being formed?  

Is there anything you would definitely recommend doing?  Or anything you would do differently?

Why the contribution is important

The Committee wants to understand what is working well with Marine Planning Partnerships and what could work better in future. ​​​​​​​

by ScotParlCEU on November 15, 2019 at 02:43PM

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  • Posted by OrkneyMarinePlanning December 13, 2019 at 09:59

    Lessons Learned: The ‘Lessons Learned’ report from the pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan (PFOW MSP) provides a useful starting point for the subsequent statutory RMPs. The work published to date from the PFOW MSP, Shetland and Clyde also provide guidance on the topics to cover and issues to address. There appears however to be very limited national guidance or input available to support the marine regions.
    The PFOW process established the ‘Scottish Marine Planners’ group, which allowed the various regions to meet about once a year to discuss to topic and share best practice and challenges. This was handed over to the coastal forum co-ordinator but now this role is vacant, it appears that this forum no longer exists. There is therefore a lack of opportunity to share issues and no clear means of CPD-type discussion. If such a co-ordinator had been in post, perhaps they would have circulated this MSP digital platform to a wider range of stakeholder to elicit more input to it.
    As so many regions do not have a regional marine plan in place, nor seem likely to any time soon, it not surprising that few of the wider public know of the aim to have them; it would be unrealistic to expect them to.
    OIC will publicise it to its stakeholders and has informed other neighbouring authorities of the existence of this enquiry platform and the importance of engaging with this enquiry.
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