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Local Multi-Actor Platform |Dee Catchment, Scotland

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About the MAP

In north-eastern Scotland, United Kingdom, the James Hutton Institute coordinates the Multi-Actor Platform Dee Catchment Partnership. The platform has a local focus covering the catchment of the River Dee.

This area is defined by a biophysical unit and does not correspond to any socio-economic geographical units. The Dee catchment area is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the Birds and Habitats Directive of the European Commission. Furthermore, it is the source of drinking water for Aberdeen, the habitat of Atlantic salmon, and other species of high ecological significance, and has an international reputation for its cultural heritage.

The area faces challenges relating to extreme events and flood risk and socio-economic and environmental impacts of the expansion of the City of Aberdeen. Further challenges relate to access to high-speed internet connectivity, and gaps in the provision of public services. The platform focuses on reviewing the most important influences on the management of the area, implementing natural flood management, and supporting responsible access to land and tourism. This will contribute to the aim of the Dee Catchment Partnership to protect, enhance and restore the natural processes that maintain the health of the river system.


The activities of this MAP are being designed to achieve specific objectives which will be developed with the Partnership team, and at the kick-off workshop. Principal topics are expected to be:

  • MAP objective 1: Review trends and propose priorities that could influence the management of the catchment.
  • MAP objective 2: Natural flood management, including sustainable drainage and blue-green infrastructure.
  • MAP objective 3: Environmental impacts of river spates, managing priority species and non-invasive species.
  • MAP objective 4: Responsible access and recreation.


NGOs, farmer organisations, research institutions, local and regional government.

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