About the Network

The Coastal Communities Network is a collaboration of locally-focused community groups, guided by the belief that coastal communities across Scotland are well placed to harness long-term solutions to ensure healthy, well-managed seas.

The Network  provides the means to establish a strong communication and action platform for building the community voice within marine conservation and management in Scotland.

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Scotland’s dynamic and complex shoreline attests to richly biodiverse ecosystems below the waves. The species and habitats found in our inshore waters underpin the ecological integrity of marine habitats and the economic prosperity of nearby coastal communities. With the escalation of threats and impacts within our inshore waters, managing our seas for environmental and economic sustainability is no easy task.

Working together, the aim of the Network is to better connect coastal communities across Scotland, share community knowledge and expertise, and build community action on marine conservation.

Not all coastal communities face the same issues, but where they do, we recognise that there is strength in communities being able to speak on these issues with a united voice. Inevitably, there will be cases where communities differ in their views, and here the Network can celebrate and share our diversity and help build coastal community resilience.