North Sea Commission conference to be held in Banff –

North Sea Commission conference to be held in Banff Published:  13 March, 2007

Cllr Alison McInnes

ABERDEENSHIRE Council is hosting an international conference on the changing face of coastal communities through the North Sea Commission (NSC) Sustainable Development Group.

‘Delivering Change in Coastal Regions’ will be held at the Banff Springs Hotel on 15 -16 March.

Cllr Alison McInnes chairs the NSC Sustainable Development Group and Council Leader Cllr Audrey Findlay is acting as the network’s vice president.

The event will see delegates converging on Banff from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands and the UK to discuss the changing face of coastal regions, using the North Aberdeenshire area as a starting point for discussions.

Delegates will hear a number of key presentations by speakers invited to attend and will supplement these with examples from their own countries. A number of study tours linked to the themes will be undertaken, highlighting local examples from Aberdeenshire towns. Fraserburgh and its very successful master plan and the Boyndie Windfarm Cooperative will be amongst those.

Chairwoman of the NSC Sustainable Development Group Cllr McInnes said: “The North Sea Commission welcomes the development of a Maritime Policy for Europe, and the year-long consultation on the green paper. It is actively involved in examining the various strands in the green paper through its technical groups. NSC wishes to ensure that the role of the regions is properly recognised in the final document.

“NSC recognises that the final policy could herald significant change for our regions and citizens.

“This conference will explore what the scope of the changes facing us might be and how best to harness them to our advantage. One of the questions asked in the green paper is: “How can the quality of life in coastal regions be maintained while continuing to develop sustainable income and jobs?”

“We hope that the conference will help us answer that.

“It is a great pleasure that Aberdeenshire is able to host this North Sea Commission event. The conference title and themes to be covered are of importance not just to Aberdeenshire but also to the wider North Sea region. Coastal communities are undergoing many different changes.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.