Forthcoming Events: Atlantic Action Plan Workshop on Project Funding and Development (12th July) and Future Celtic Seas Collaboration (13th July)

Implementing the Atlantic Action Plan – Workshop on Project Funding and Development @ Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, Wednesday 12th July
The Atlantic Action Plan, put in place to implement the Atlantic Strategy, has been widely promoted in the UK in order to draw attention to stakeholders of both the opportunities it presents in the UK and also for collaboration with other EU Atlantic Member States (France, Ireland, Portugal and Spain). Following on from the National Event that was held in Liverpool in December 2015, and a series of roadshows that are being organised by the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan, a workshop is being planned to help stakeholders develop project ideas. The event, taking place on the 12th July, at the Mersey Maritime Museum in Liverpool, will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to meet others with an interest in developing projects of relevance to the Atlantic Area. Some Interreg Programmes are moving towards final calls for project proposals and this workshop has been designed to help stakeholders develop project ideas.

During the morning session, stakeholders will get a chance to hear about developments in the Atlantic Action Plan, an update on funding opportunities and the experience of projects that have already received funding from the Interreg Atlantic Area programme and other sources. The afternoon session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how they might develop project ideas for submission to the final round of calls under the current Interreg programmes.

For more information on the Atlantic Action Plan event and to register please click HERE

Future Celtic Seas Collaboration Event, Thursday 13th July @ University of Liverpool
Following on from the successful Celtic Seas Partnership project and ongoing work through the SIMCelt project and Irish Sea Maritime Forum, the ISMF will be hosting a discussion on future work on Thursday 13th July at the University of Liverpool. This discussion aims to bring stakeholders together to develop mechanisms for future collaboration at the Celtic Seas scale. The agenda will cover:

  • An introduction to the Celtic Seas area
  • Key messages from the PISCES, Celtic Seas Partnership and SIMCelt projects and the Irish Sea Maritime Forum
  • Next steps for Celtic Seas collaboration

To register for the Celtic Seas Future Collaboration event please click on the link below.
Eventbrite - Future Celtic Seas Collaboration Workshop

MSP Platform website launch

www.msp-platform.eu was launched on the 1st September 2016. The website is the entry to a comprehensive service point for Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe. Users can find an array of information on MSP from all EU Member States and Sea Basins as well as searchable databases on practices, projects and funding opportunities from around all EU Member States and sea basins. The status and content of MSP processes from all European coastal Member States are highlighted on the MSP Platform as well as comparative overviews of national MSP and sea basin overviews. The EU MSP Platform website also features comprehensive and continuously updated News, Events and Training opportunities.

Biennial Conference 2016 – Registration now open!

Latest news: 27th September 2016
Registration for this event has now closed.

The Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference which will take place on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. The themes for this year’s Conference are Maritime Spatial Planning and Managing Dynamic Coasts. For more information on the Conference please see our Biennial Conference page.

Tying the Celtic Knot – creating lasting partnerships for the Celtic Seas, Dublin 18-19 October 2016

Registration is now open for the third and final international workshop of the Celtic Seas Partnership project. The event will take place at Croke Park in Dublin on 18th and 19th of October 2016.

The event will showcase the final outputs of this exciting project and find ways of ensuring that the work that’s been developed with stakeholders during the project is sustained beyond the life of the project. Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • review a series of future scenarios and discuss what they mean for the management of the Celtic Seas
  • identify ways of continuing to work together at the Celtic Seas scale
  • put questions to a panel of policy makers and experts

There will also be an opportunity to showcase work and invite others to collaborate. The work should involve engagement with stakeholders, working across boundaries or sectors and relate to marine policy. The deadline for applications to exhibit is 31st August.

Full details, including the draft programme, and how to register are available here.

Save the Date – ISMF Biennial Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference will take place this year on Wednesday 28th September at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland. The main themes for the conference will be Maritime Spatial Planning and Policies for a Dynamic Coast. The conference is being held one day after DG MARE’s Atlantic Stakeholder Platform event which takes place in Croke Park, Dublin.

Further information on the ISMF conference and how to register will appear here shortly.

Sea Scotland Conference

The Inaugural Sea Scotland Conference will take place in Dundee on 15th-16th June 2016. This aims to bring together 150 stakeholders for Scotland-focussed dialogue and knowledge exchange to support a progressive approach to marine planning. The Conference will feature talks (including one from Charles Ehler of Ocean Visions Consulting), presentations and opportunities for networking with other organisations. For further information on the event and registration click HERE.

Irish Consultation on draft Regulations to transpose the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive into law

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has recently opened an online consultation on draft regulations intended to transpose the European Union’s Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014/89/EU) into national law. The Directive obliges all coastal Member States to establish maritime spatial plans by 2021. Member States must transpose the Directive into national law by 18th September 2016.

DECLG is now inviting submissions on the draft regulations and have prepared a guidance document showing the relationship between the articles of the Directive and the regulations.This consultation on the transposing regulations is the first of a number of opportunities for participation that will arise during the MSP life cycle. Further details on the consultation, documents and where to send comments can be found on the DECLG website. This consultation will close on Friday 6th May 2016.

Marine Planning in North West England – Drop-In Events

As part of the roll-out of new Marine Plans for the North West of England a number of drop-in events for members of the public to attend are being held by the Marine Management Organisation from 18th-20th April. The events are an introduction to marine planning, for you to meet your local marine planner and to find out more about what marine planning involves, and how you can get involved. The MMO will also be demonstrating their Marine Information System and the evidence base where you can view some of the evidence they have already gathered for your area.

The events are open sessions, including a number of scheduled presentations on marine planning. These will be held hourly, beginning at the start times shown below.

As part of the events you will also be able to find out more about our consultations on the Statement of Public Participation and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. The Statement of Participation includes details on how and when and to whom the MMO will engage with through the marine planning process. The Sustainability Appraisal assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of a marine plan.

To find out more details and to register please click HERE

(Similar events are also being held for the North East, South East and South West Marine Plan areas)

Marine in Planning in England: Latest from the MMO

In their latest Marine Developments blog, the Marine Management Organisation has begun to set out how it will undertake the process of developing marine plans for the remaining English regions – this includes the Irish Sea-facing area of North West England. Marine plans for the remaining four areas (North West, South West, North East and South East) will be prepared simultaneously, with consultation on Statements of Public Participation and Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Reports expected to begin in April. You can read the full blog from the MMO here. We will provide more updates on marine planning in the North West as the process gathers pace.

New Board Members sought for North West IFCA

The Marine Management Organisation are currently recruiting two new voluntary Board Members for the North West England Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

The members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. They guide the IFCA to deliver its mandate under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and in line with Defra guidance.

Details of the application process and criteria for the appointments can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/marine-management-organisation/about/recruitment.  The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016.