Europe/International

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.

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.

Implementing the Atlantic Action Plan – 2nd UK National Workshop on Funding and Project Development

Wednesday 9th December 2015
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Organisers: DG MARE, Irish Sea Maritime Forum and the UK Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan.

This free-to-attend event will provide an update on the Atlantic Action Plan and the role of the UK Support Team in assisting stakeholders to develop project ideas for funding, an update of those funding opportunities (including INTERREG) and an update on blue growth in the UK. Contact points for funding bodies will be present at this event, and participants will also have the opportunity to meet other stakeholders with an interest in developing projects of relevance to the Atlantic Area. The afternoon will consist of parallel workshops and the organisers are seeking expressions of interest from stakeholders wishing to organise/contribute to the workshop sessions.

For more information and to register your place follow this link.

Background to the event:

The UK has huge potential for blue growth, both in creating jobs and contributing to economic development. The European Commission’s Atlantic Strategy is all about capitalising on these opportunities – the aim is to create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the ‘blue economy’ whilst preserving the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Action Plan is designed to help stakeholders implement the aspirations of the Atlantic Strategy.

In 2014 the Irish Sea Maritime Forum ran its Annual Conference on the theme of Blue Growth. This brought people together to discuss and explore project opportunities, and resulting in the development of a Blue Growth Project Prospectus. This Prospectus outlines some of the key ideas discussed at the Conference and calls for expressions of interest in taking the ideas forward into concrete funding bids.

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.