Development of a marine and coastal enhancement project assessment framework for Scottish inshore waters

Caroline Chambers, Katherine L. Jones, Fraser Malcolm, G. Boyle, William Sanderson, A. Garbutt, Laurence Jones, Richard Unsworth, Richard Lilley

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Main findings
The form includes questions to explore the most critical components of a project at the early stages. The form assists applicants in working through the various considerations and will assist NatureScot in offering the best level of advice to support project development and delivery.
The form and accompanying guidance document set out a series of eight proposal development areas as follows:
1. Project information (feature, enhancement type, location, off-site and site process, timescales)
2. Underlying principles (primary objective, driver and funding, success criteria, scheme alternatives)
3. Site profile (natural dynamics, activities and pressures, existing data, baseline monitoring key gaps)
4. Regulation and management (species, protected areas, activities, access)
5. Risks (biosecurity, translocation, genetics, wider ecosystem, climate change, socioeconomic, funding, mitigation)
6. Benefits (biology and ecology, socioeconomics)
7. Engagement (early engagement, stakeholder group, public outreach, communicating success)
8. Management, monitoring and evaluation (implementation, data collection and monitoring establishing success)

The framework is considered to be best supported by an iterative process of engagement during project development, where there is an initial discussion focusing on project information, followed by submission of the proposal form and then with follow up discussions with NatureScot providing steer and further
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages147
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameNatureScot Research Report No. 1293


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