Consultations

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)

Irish Consultation on Measures for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Launched

On 27th November Mr Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, welcomed the publication of a public consultation document entitled ‘Marine Strategy Framework Directive Ireland Programme of Measures Public Consultation Document’. This document presents the elements being considered by Ireland for inclusion in a finalised Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) National Programme of Measures, the objective of which is to achieve good environmental status (GES) in Irish marine waters.

The overall aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is to achieve or maintain GES of the European Union’s marine environment by 2020.

The finalised Programme of Measures proposal is due to be submitted to the European Commission by 31 March 2016.

The Minister said that the purpose of the public consultation process is to foster community engagement with, and to heighten awareness of, the aims of MSFD and its on-going implementation in Ireland. A Public consultation process has already been completed in relation to the ‘Initial Assessment’ and ‘Monitoring Programme’ phases of the Directive and input from interested parties is now welcome in relation to the actions needed to achieve compliance with provisions of the Directive.

Submissions and comments are invited on the draft Programme of Measures, on or before Friday, 29 January 2016. A dedicated email address, msfd@environ.ie has been set up to facilitate feedback from stakeholders including eNGOs, industry, the general public and other interested parties.

Further information on the consultation and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive click HERE.

Survey – What do you like most about Wirral’s Coast?

We would like to invite you to take part in a survey exploring residents’ and visitors’ views on Wirral’s coast. The results will help us to understand what people value most about Wirral’s coast and the environmental issues it faces. The survey, which is being organised by the University of Liverpool and the North West Coastal Forum with the help of Wirral Council, is being carried out as part of the work of the Celtic Seas Partnership project which brings people together to help achieve healthy and sustainable seas.

You can access the survey here or request a paper version by calling 0151 934 2966.

The survey will close on Monday 2nd November 2015.

The Celtic Seas Partnership is an EC LIFE+ project with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. It is afour year project, running from January 2013 to December 2016. WWF-UK is the lead with partners the University of Liverpool, Eastern and Midland Regional Authority, the Natural Environment Research Council and SeaWeb Europe. Project number: LIFE11/ENV/UK/392.

EU Consultation on International Ocean Governance

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission has recently announced the launch of a public consultation on International Ocean Governance.

The aim of this consultation is to gather input on how the EU could contribute to achieving better international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. On the basis of the results and other sources of data and information, the European Commission will consider how best to develop a more coherent, comprehensive and effective EU policy on improving the international ocean governance framework.

Issues covered in the consultation document include:

  • The importance of international ocean governance for managing shared resources such as fisheries, raw materials, shipping and combating threats such as climate change and international security.
  • The effectiveness of the existing international framework for ocean governance based around the Law of the Sea, which is now being challenged by increased pressure on the oceans from human activity.
  • The number of institutions with responsibility for the seas operating at different levels (global, regional, national and sub-national), lack of transparency, failure to ratify agreements and gaps in both geographical and thematic coverage.
  • Lack of scientific knowledge about certain sea regions and the need for up to date information that reflects the impacts of human uses and climate change to assist decision making.

The consultation is open to individuals and organisations. Full details associated documents can be found HERE. The consultation closes on 15th September 2015.

Update: The deadline for submitting responses to this consultation has now been extended to 15th October 2015.