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FeAST Replacement Requirements

Invitation to tender: C21-0257-1617

Background to Project

The Feature Activity Sensitivity Tool (FeAST) Working Group made up of JNCC, Marine Scotland, Marine Scotland Science, NatureScot and SEPA are investigating the options to replace the existing FeAST application. This is to address user feedback on areas where the current tool could be improved, allow the addition of different marine features and additional functionality.

This project is the first stage in the replacement process and aims to capture the organisational needs in this area. The successful bidder is expected to aid the FeAST Working Group, assisted by the JNCC Digital and Data Solutions Team, in performing an analysis of current processes from a functional perspective and translating them into a series of requirements for potential solution providers to bid against.

The Feature Activity Sensitivity Tool (FeAST) is a tool used to collate information on feature sensitivities, pressures, activities, and the evidence on which this is based for Scottish features of conservation importance. The sensitivity data contained in the FeAST tool originally came from a 2010 project, MB0102, led by the Marine Biological Association (MBA). The data was subsequently modified to make sensitivity assessments more applicable to Scottish features and activities, and pressures were altered to be in line with OSPAR work. The tool is currently hosted on the Marine Scotland (MS) website and has been live since 2013. A new introductory FeAST home page was published by NatureScot to help explain ongoing work.

What to do next

Potential bidders are invited to download the following documents and complete the acceptance form of our terms and conditions attached to the invitation to tender (ITT).


  • Date for return of tender: Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 16:00
  • Proposed start date: w/c  11 February 2022
  • Proposed end date: 31 March 2022

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