SERG’s Clare Maynard leads MASTS coastal forum

Scotland’s coastal zone is famous for its natural beauty but also provides important conservational value. The coastal zone acts as an important ecosystem in its own right but also as a buffer between highly valued marine and land assets, ranging from award-winning golf courses, prime agricultural land, critical industries, aquaculture and important fisheries. These transitional ecosystems are increasingly vulnerable to pressure from enhanced erosion and flooding as sea levels rise, storm impacts increase and coastal sediment supply wanes.

The adaptation and resilience of the coastline therefore is vitally important to Scotland’s future, and the way forward requires sound knowledge, cooperative research and compromise between organisations, as well as the engagement and involvement of local communities.

The MASTS Coastal Forum brings together a variety of experts in areas such as coastal processes and dynamics, management, policy, social science, biodiversity and ecology and conservation, thus providing the opportunity to interact with key decision makers, speak to experts to help solve often-complex issues and help generate leads for new projects, insights and potential contracts.

Co-Chairs: Clare Maynard (USTAN) & Jim Hansom (GLA)

Steering Group: Sue Dawson (DUN), Tim Stojanovic (USTAN), Ben Taylor (USTAN), Nicholas Williamson (Fife Council); John Black (MoD) & Janet Khan (SEPA)

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