Regional Stakeholder Group

The Balanced Seas Regional Stakeholder Group (RSG) was set up in April 2010, and provided wide representation of stakeholder interests in the project area. The RSG was a multi-interest working group of about 30 people meeting at regular intervals to develop the MCZ recommendations in accordance with the project aims and the nationally-produced Ecological Network Guidance. 

Roles and responsibilities of the RSG

The RSG was responsible for:
  • working through the issues and options associated with identifying potential MCZs
  • communicating with the Local Groups
  • developing recommendations.
RSG meetings were determined by a timetable that was developed nationally to ensure harmonisation across the four Regional Projects.
The Balanced Seas project team provided technical and administrative support to the RSG.  In addition to this, the project team and 3KQ, the independent facilitators, made sure that all group members have equal opportunity to voice their views during the process. Members of the RSG liaised with their constituencies and participated actively in the process.
The members of the RSG were individuals who could:
  • represent the interests of their sector/organisation (constituency)
  • contribute to the work of the group in regular meetings (and between meetings from time to time)
  • work in a co-operative spirit, whilst respecting that a diversity of views may exist
  • keep their constituency regularly updated and act as a conduit for information flowing both ways
  • take a strategic, regional perspective

Named Consultative Stakeholders

Named Consultative Stakeholder (NCS) status was set up to allow regional or national stakeholders unable to resource attendance at RSG meetings to play a less intensive role in the recommendation-forming process. At key stages they were asked for their views on the work underway and their comments were recorded and fed into the planning process. NCSs had a less direct role in the decision-making but had a formalised status, and are acknowledged to be within the core set of maritime stakeholders. They provided information to the RSG in relation to their specialised knowledge and commented on emerging work.

Details of RSG meetings

Previous meetings:

  • Thursday 22 April 2010, London
  • Monday 7/ Tuesday 8 June 2010, London
  • Thursday 29 July 2010, London
  • Thursday 9 September 2010, London
  • Tuesday 5 October 2010, London
  • Tuesday 7 December 2010, London
  • Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 January 2011
  • Tuesday 15 February 2011
  • Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 April 2011
  • Tuesday 17 May 2011
  • Monday 23 May 2011
  • Wednesday 6 July 2011
  • Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 August 2011
  • Tuesday 27 September 2011

RSG Reports

The RSG reports are now available under the Resources section, please click here.