College Lecturer contributes to Scotland's first Mission Blue Hope Spot

College Lecturer contributes to Scotland's first Mission Blue Hope Spot

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Annabel Lawrence

West Highland College UHI is delighted to congratulate lecturer Annabel Lawrence who is part of a community team which has succeeded in creating the first Hope Spot in mainland UK and Scotland. The Argyll Coast & Islands Hope Spot incorporates many of the existing Marine Protected Areas (MPA’S) along the west coast of Scotland. The recognition of this area by Mission Blue is a cause for celebration and will help raise community awareness of the remarkable biodiversity present in our coastal waters.

Annabel is lecturer on our BA (Hons) Marine and Coastal Tourism degree but, in a private capacity, is a member of The Community Association Of Lochs And Sounds (CAOLAS) which is part of the Coastal Community Network.  CAOLAS, along with other community groups CROMACH, Save Seil Sound and Friends of the Sound of Jura  aim to raise awareness about the marine environment and encourage community involvement in its protection, restoration and sustainable use.

Our students are very fortunate indeed to be able to take advantage of such wonderful coastal waters on their doorstep as part of their studies on our unique Marine and Coastal Tourism degree programme, and even more fortunate to have opportunities to engage with communities involved in the management and sustainable use of the marine resource.  We wish the Hope Spot every success.

Further Information

For more information about our BA (Hons) Marine and Coastal Tourism degree programme:  www.whc.uhi.ac.uk/adventure

 

Annabel Lawrence

https://www.whc.uhi.ac.uk/study-at-whc/school-of-adventure-studies/staff-profiles/annabel-lawrence

 

Mission Blue Hope Spot:

Scotland’s Argyll Coast and Islands have been declared a Hope Spot – the first in mainland United Kingdom – by international non-profit making Mission Blue to shed light on the immense beauty, rich history and vibrant life along the country’s west coast.  Community groups (CAOLAS, CROMACH, Friends of the Sound of Jura and Save Seil Sound) have come together under the Coastal Communities Network, Scotland, to raise community awareness of the need to encourage protection of Scotland’s unique marine ecosystems. To find out more about the Hope Spot go to https://mission-blue.org/hope-spots/ and follow the link to Argyll Coast and Islands.