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Partners of the Forum

The Scottish Blue Carbon Forum was launched by the Scottish Government in 2018 and a blue carbon research programme was developed in partnership between the Marine Scotland Directorate, NatureScot, University of St Andrews, University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, University of Stirling, Napier University and the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

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Scottish Government

The Scottish Government provides the Secretariat for the Forum and contributes scientific leadership and expertise through the Marine Scotland Directorate. A blue carbon research programme to develop understanding of blue carbon habitats in Scotland was funded by the Scottish Government in 2018 and enabled by its scientists and equipment. Scottish Government continues to support the forum, most recently via the Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge, which is enabling international collaboration and partnerships that address policy-relevant blue carbon questions.

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Steering committee

The Scottish Blue Carbon Forum is led by a Steering Committee comprising Scottish Government, University of St Andrews, and NatureScot representatives.


The Scottish Blue Carbon Forum is engaged in partnerships across the UK and internationally to support knowledge exchange, build capacity and to develop blue carbon research.

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