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13 April 2011

2011 Tay Estuary Forum Annual Conference

Sustainable Industry
Friday, 15th April: Sidlaw Suite, West Park Conference Centre,
Perth Road, Dundee.

The Tay Estuary Forum (TEF) is a voluntary Local Coastal Partnership (LCP), communicating between stakeholders, community groups and all those with an interest in the Tay Estuary and surrounding coast. It is part of a wider, national network of coastal partnerships, helping to deliver Integrated Coastal Zone Management. The area covered by the partnership extends from the River North Esk on the Angus coast, to Fife Ness, including the Tay Estuary to Scone.

2011 is the TEF’s 14th year of working to 'promote the wise and sustainable use of the Tay Estuary and adjacent coastline'. Conference delegates represent a wide range of both statutory and voluntary groups and can expect presentations on a variety of topics under this year’s theme of Sustainable Industry.

Session 1: Sustainable Economic Development will explore plans for Dundee Waterfront, hear how the city is priming itself to play a major role in the renewables industry, and how organisations like Dundee Renewables are working together with local colleges and universities in providing skills for the future workforce. Plans to sustainably develop community facilities at Broughty Ferry will also be explained by the Broughty Ferry development Trust.

Session 2: Sustainable Industry: Planning for the Future will include presentations from the James Hutton Institute, Dundee (formerly Scottish Crop Research Institute), Green Business Fife and Forestry Commission Scotland. The session assesses how business and industry are planning for the future, adapting to climate change and reducing their carbon footprint.

Session 3: Renewable Energy and Waste Reduction will include the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, work being done to reduce plastics and litter in the marine environment, and the role Microgeneration has to play supporting individuals and businesses find alternative, small- scale means of generating heat and power.

This year there will be a Soapbox session in the afternoon including brief updates from around the TEF region. This session will generate discussion on topics such as marine wildlife, invasive species and a recently- formed Tay Landscape Partnership. An update will be given on TEF progress with actions from the TEF Management Plan, launched in 2009; aiming to unite the many initiatives operating along this diverse stretch of coast into a sustainable framework for the future.

Registration is essential: Booking forms and programme can be downloaded from the TEF website:

Please contact Laura Booth (Project Officer) on 01382 384933 for more information or email

The conference will begin at 10am (registration from 9:30) until 4pm in the Sidlaw Suite at West Park Conference Centre, 319, Perth road, Dundee, DD2 1NN.


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