Management & Advisory Groups
In addition to core work, project work and providing information resources, the Partnership is also involved in a number of management, steering and advisory groups. This ranges from providing Secretariat services to the SAC Management Group and the Dolphin Space Programme to being a lead body and coastal representative on advisory groups such as the River Basin Management Plan groups.
Management and Steering Groups
Moray Firth SAC Management Group
MFP established and closely supported the SAC Management Group which developed the MF SAC Management Scheme as part of a major three year project with European Funding from the LIFE Environment programme 1999 - 2001. MFP provides the Secretariat to the SAC Management Group and led the update of the Management Scheme in 2008/09 to include a SMART 3 year Action Plan, as well as managing long-term, ongoing actions.
Dolphin Space Programme Steering Group
The steering group meet bi-annually and are involved in the development and running of the DSP scheme. Meetings are used to review progress, discuss any issues arising and to plan future development and improvement of the DSP scheme.
North Sea Trail Association (NSTA)
NSTA was set up in 2008 to maintain the international network of partners around the North Sea and is actively seeking new partner areas to extend the trail network. The MFP is the Scotland representative on the Steering Committee and Treasurer.
Advisory and Lead Body Representation
River Basin Management Planning Area Advisory Groups - North Highland North East Scotland
The MFP is a member of two Area Advisory Groups for the North East Scotland and North Highland areas, focusing on coastal waters and river systems that feed into the Firth.
Highland Biodiversity Partnership
The Highland Biodiversity Partnership comprises around 30 representatives of local groups and key organisations committed to understanding, safeguarding, restoring and celebrating biodiversity within the Highland Council area. Its purpose is to provide guidance and support to the existing network of local biodiversity groups, and to make progress on the key strategic biodiversity issues in the Highlands.
Moray Firth Inshore Fisheries Group (External link)
Although not a formal member of the MF IFG, the Partnership liaises closely with the Executive Committee and was instrumental in setting up the Fisheries Action Group, the pre-cursor to the MF IFG.