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Coastal & Marine Environment

Aberdeen Bay

harbour entrance Situated a short distance from the City Centre at Queens Links, Aberdeen Bay is a popular open space for residents and visitors to the area. For more details about the beach, the nearby facilities, how to get there and who to contact for any matters relating to the area, please go to Beach/Queens Links.

Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is an EU led strategy delivered at a local level, and deals with the coastal and marine environment in a sustainable way. 

The European Commission has defined ICZM as: -
'A dynamic, multi-disiplinary and iterative process to promote sustainable management of coastal zones.  It covers the full cycle of information collection, planning (in its broadest sense), decision making, management and monitoring of implementation. 

beach view ICZM uses the informed participation and co-operation of all stakeholders to assess the societal goals in a given coastal area, and to take actions towards meeting these objectives.  ICZM seeks, over the long-term, to balance environmental, economic, social, cultural and recreational objectives, all within the limits set by natural dynamics'.

At a local level, the East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP) has been set up to aid in the delivery of ICZM in the East Grampian area.  More specifically, the area covered is between Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh to the mouth of the River North Esk on the Aberdeenshire/Angus Council boundary.

If you would like information on the work of the EGCP, please contact: -
EGCP Project Officer Ian Hay on 01224 295308 or 07971 149117 or

The East Grampian Coastal Partnership website provides information on the EGCP and its work, plus, links to a webcam scheme and to other relevant sites.

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