In 2004 Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council produced a discussion document that put forward the idea of creating a coastal forum for the East Grampian Coast between Fraserburgh and the mouth of the River North Esk.
Following this, a seminar was held to discuss this further. Many stakeholders attended this meeting and concluded that there was a need for a coastal forum in this area, providing that a feasibility study and business plan were carried out.
A steering committee was formed to oversee the feasibility study, published in September 2004. Funding was sought from a number of major stakeholders and secured for two years in November 2004.
In March 2005 an agreement was signed enabling The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen to host the Partnership. In June the Partnership's Project Officer took up appointment and an interim constitution signed. The creation of the East Grampian Coastal Partnership means that the entire East coast of Scotland is now covered either by coastal fora or a Special Area of Conservation management committee.
In 2014 EGCP became a Company Limited by garantee. This means that EGCP can hire its own staff, enter into projects etc. We are now based at Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen.
Why the partnership was created
The East Grampian coast has long played an important role in the lives of the local communities and provides a wealth of environmental, cultural and economic resources. In modern society, these resources are subject to increasing pressures which may threaten their existence. Our work helps to integrate their management and protect them for future generations.