Marine spatial planning and climate change: an example from Scotland

Anne Michelle Slater, Alison Macdonald

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Using Scotland as a case study, this chapter considers the potential for Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) approaches to balance existing and new marine activities, and the sustainability of the marine environment under climate change. It considers how the process of implementing marine spatial planning has been developed alongside climate change laws, policies and targets in Scotland, then examines implementation of this climate change regime through MSP. The chapter concludes that the integration of climate change and MSP must be truly holistic to be effective. The legal and policy architecture in Scotland attempts to provide this, but it is too early to measure success.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts
EditorsJan McDonald, Jeffrey McGee, Richard Barnes
Place of PublicationCheltenham, United Kingdom
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781788112239
ISBN (Print)9781788112222
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in Climate Law
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.


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