MPAs in Planning Scotland's Seas 2013 Consultation - July 2013

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The Marine (Scotland) Act and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act include powers for Scottish Ministers to designate Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scotland’s seas as part of a range of measures to manage and protect Scotland’s seas for current and future generations. JNCC and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have applied the Site Selection Guidelines to identify Nature Conservation MPAs that together with existing protected areas will form a network of MPAs. The process will also help Scotland meet its contribution to UK commitments under international conventions and legislation such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the OSPAR Convention for an ecologically coherent network of MPAs.

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