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Stakeholder discourse in Scotland

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Ian Macfarlane is the BioMara stakeholder group manager. In his regular meetings with businesses, local authorities and others who have in interest in BioMara's work, he covers a range of issues associated with the project.

As part of his on-going stakeholder liaison activities, Ian Macfarlane is in regular contact with many of the more than 500 stakeholders on our database.  Recently he has been visiting a number of stakeholders with businesses collecting and processing seaweeds in the mainland and islands of the west of Scotland and with Scottish local authorities.

Several councils in the West of Scotland have shown interest in BioMara and Ian has had discussions with councillors, planning officers, sustainability and environmental managers, economic development specialists and others in each.

Interests often centre on local job creation but meeting government and EU targets for atmospheric carbon reduction and renewable fuels are also in the forefront of local authority thinking and economic development, especially in remote, rural, isolated and 'off-grid' communities, is also an area of interest.

During the same series of visits, Ian has met with NGOs, community energy trusts and statutory consultees in each region.  Recently he has begun a similar programme of visits in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and this will continue into the Autumn.  A major technical meeting on 3rd September in Stornoway in the Western Isles will be hosted by Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar).

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