Cromarty Firth case study for marine environment research

10 May 2023

The Cromarty Firth and the Solent have been selected as sites for case studies in a research project which aims  'to understand the different values we hold towards our local marine environment, the diverse benefits it provides, and how nature-based solutions can potentially support community development.'  The findings will be used to inform the wider management of marine biodiversity across the UK.

The project,  ‘Sea the Value: Marine Biodiversity Benefits for a Sustainable Society',  funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and running from 2022 to 2025, is led by Prof. Nicola Beaumont from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and includes as partners the University of Aberdeen and the Moray Firth Coastal Partnership.

The University of Aberdeen and the Moray Firth Coastal Partnership will focus on the connection between coastal ecosystems and communities in the Cromarty Firth.  We plan to hold a series of workshops over the next 12 months to map and understand the natural and human features, identify the benefits they provide and how they may change over time. All the project outputs, including maps, data and reports will be provided to you for future use.

We are planning to host two informal online introductory events:

  • Session 1: Monday  15 May 2023 at 13:00-14:00
  • Session 2: Tuesday 16 May 2023 at 19:00-20:00.

You are welcome to attend one or both of these events. Please RSVP to Vicki and Tavis (via the email addresses below) stating which session(s) you would be interested in attending. You will be sent a Zoom meeting link closer to the date of the event.

Professor Tavis Potts, University of Aberdeen, Vicki Paxton, Moray Firth Partnership

Read the invitation email in full



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