• The Scottish East Coast Review



    Scotland’s East Coast is an area of outstanding beauty, prosperity, and historical and archaeological value. It is also varied and complex, supporting thousands of livelihoods and businesses, and important wildlife and habitats.


    It is crucial for Scotland’s social and economic future that the current state of the coast is known, as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist throughout the region - this review will address that need.

  • About the Review


    A two-year project to analyse the state of the East Coast, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund


    The Scottish East Coast Review brings together four Local Coastal Partnerships (LCPs) to understand the current state and future needs of Scotland's East Coast.


    We will engage a broad range of stakeholders and gather, analyse and share information from the Firth of Forth, Firth of Tay, East Grampian, and Moray Firth coastal regions. This information will be used to understand regional pressures and opportunities, and to help to improve decision making.


    Knowledge about the current state of the environment, impacts on the environment, and economic and social activities will be gathered to enable the coastal partnerships to better support their stakeholders. This will aid planning and management at local and regional level through enhanced access to a deeper wealth of knowledge about the unique natural environment.


    The review will collect the evidence required for regional marine planning and to support management of sustainable coasts and seas. We will also explore how to incorporate more citizen science into the evidence base and so make a greater contribution to decision making.


    The review will, in its entirety, enable the LCPs to offer and provide crucial support to communities together with public, private and voluntary organisations of all sizes and the important roles they play in every region.

  • Local Coastal Partnerships

    The Local Coastal Partnerships (LCP) bring together people and organisations to promote the wise and sustainable use of their regions, and aid in the delivery of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). Find out more about each LCP below:


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    Hayley- Bo DORRIAN- BAK
    Project Officer

    Hayley holds a Masters in Global Environmental Law and Governance (University of Strathclyde) specialising in areas relating to the Law of the Sea and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Political Science (University of Western Ontario). While working as a Project Officer Scottish East Coast Review she continues to work with the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) as a Senior Research Assistant for the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI). Before this role, she worked with SCELG conducting legal and policy research and analysis on protections for Scottish ancient and semi-ancient woodland in support of a submission to the Scottish Government Parliamentary Petitions. Hayley held a similar position conducting legal research on the collective rights of indigenous people to land, territory, and natural resources in support of a professors consultancy to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization She has recently published an article with the Global Affairs Review on Arctic state's national and international polices driving reductions in CO2 emissions and achieving Paris Agreement targets. On her spare time she enjoys travelling, climbing, and hill walking.

    Hayley-Bo Dorrian-Bak | LinkedIn


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    Project Officer

    Sara holds a Masters in International Development (University of Edinburgh) and a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology (University in Manchester). Sara’s master thesis analysed the contributions of an NGO project to biodiversity conservation and sustainable socioeconomic development. During her bachelors she spent a year in industry working for ARCAS Guatemala analysing the effect of nest depth and size on the hatching success of the olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), and then went on to work as a Research Assistant for a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica. She completed her dissertation examining the effects of climate change on mermaid’s purses of the small spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) which has since been published. Beyond her work Sara enjoys yoga, wild swimming, hiking and cooking.

    Sara De Giorgio | LinkedIn


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    The Scottish East Coast Review is financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Forth Estuary Forum is leading the project and Tay Estuary Forum, East Grampian Coastal Partnership and Moray Firth Coastal Partnership are supporting partners.