Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas

Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2015 - December 2017
Specific Funding Programme: 

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)



About the Project: 

SIMCelt is intended to support implementation of the MSP Directive by Member States within the Celtic Seas (OSPAR Region III), and to contribute to supporting cross-border cooperation between MS in relation to implementation of the MSP Directive.

SIMCelt will achieve this by focusing on a number of activities that reflect and respond to perceived needs as set out in the call for proposals, and also identified by the current priorities of the MSP authorities whose remit impacts in the Celtic Seas, including national and devolved administrations.

These will include identifying potential cumulative impacts and future trends for activities in the Celtic Seas, exploring opportunities and best practice in terms of data sharing, especially within transboundary areas, exploring the potential spatial requirements for marine conservation and examining the challenges to, and opportunities for, transboundary cooperation on MSP and possible approaches to addressing these.

Project partners

  • Marine and Renewable Energy, University College Cork (IE) – Lead Partner
  • Marine Scotland (UK)
  • Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM) (FR)
  • The University of Liverpool (UK)
  • Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (AAMP) (FR)
  • Marine Institute (IE)
  • Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland (UK)