Strategy: Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth

Ireland CP, Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland

Abstract: 

This sets out a roadmap for the Government’s vision, high-level goals and integrated actions across policy, governance and business to enable our marine potential to be realised. Implementation of this Plan will see Ireland evolve an integrated system of policy and programme planning for marine affairs.

Sea Basin(s): 
Country: 
Year: 
February 2012
Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Economic aspects
Ecosystem-based approach
Environment aspects
Resilience to climate change
Social aspects
Stakeholders
Type of practice: 
Plan
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Vision and aims
Stocktake
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Coherence with other processes: 
Common Fisheries Policy
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Renewable Energy Directive

Questions this practice may help answer

  • What should an integrated marine plan look like?
  • What enabling actions should be put in place to support delivery of sustainable marine growth?

Implementation Context

Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth is the Republic of Ireland Government’s first integrated marine plan. It recognises that the Republic of Ireland has a vast marine territory, many times the size of its terrestrial resource, and that this provides a national asset in terms of its non-commercial resources such as biodiversity and climate, but also with huge potential for development and growth across a wide range of economic sectors (e.g. tourism, seafood and marine energy). In order to maximise this potential, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – the Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland was launched in July 2012 following a period of public consultation. HOOW sets out the Government’s Vision, High-Level Goals, and Key ‘Enabling’ Actions to put in place the appropriate policy, governance and business climate to enable their vision to be realised. Under the enabler of ‘Governance’, the need to develop an integrated approach to marine planning and licensing, plus the development of an appropriate marine spatial planning framework for Ireland are included as key actions.

Aspects / Objectives

  • Identifying an overarching vision and goals for sustainable marine development
  • Identifying actions to support achievement of goals
  • Supporting achievement of international goals and legislative targets, such as European Directives
  • Supporting and promoting multiple uses of the sea by different sectors
  • Considering economic and social benefits of marine development
  • Identifying new marine growth sectors

Method

Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth was developed by the Republic of Ireland Government’s Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group, which was first established in 2009. The Plan was developed following a period of public consultation that was held in early 2012. Alongside the main consultation document, Our Ocean Wealth: Seeking Your Views: New Ways; New Approaches; New Thinking, 3 briefing documents were prepared, outlining the economic and environmental context, sectoral analyses and definitions of enablers to support the delivery of HOOW. Over this consultation period, 192 responses were received from a variety of stakeholders including NGOs, Trade and Professional associations, SMEs, Higher Education Institutions and others. The results of this consultation fed into the final version of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.

 

Main Outputs / Results

  • Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland published July 2012
  • Since the publication of HOOW there have been annual updates on progress towards implementation. The fourth of these was published in July 2016. 

Transferability

Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth is a high-level document which has been subject to public consultation and debate. This process is easily replicable for other strategic planning documents.

Responsible Entity

Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group, Irish Government

Contact Person

Marine Coordination Group Bureau

Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine

Tel: +353-1-6072902

Email: MarineCoordinationGroupBureau@agriculture.gov.ie

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