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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.

Celtic Seas Partnership England Workshop, 19th November, Bristol

The Celtic Seas Partnership is holding a 2nd round of national workshops over Autumn 2015. These workshops will enable participants to hear updates on the project’s work to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including task group initiatives and case studies. There will also be an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss a range of issues impacting on the future of the Celtic Seas. So far workshops have taken place in Northern Ireland (1st October) and the Republic of Ireland (7th October), with other workshops planned for England, Scotland, Wales and France.

The workshop for England takes place in Bristol on Thursday 19th November 2015 and includes an optional pre-workshop field visit to the Port of Bristol on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th November which is shared with the Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum 2015.

For more details and to book your place please follow this link or contact Caroline Salthouse, North West England Stakeholder Engagement Officer for the Celtic Seas Partnership Project: Caroline.Salthouse@sefton.gov.uk

If you are interested in attending any of the other remaining workshops please contact the Celtic Seas Partnership via this link.

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.

European Funding and Projects

Following on from last summer’s Irish Sea Maritime Forum conference on the theme of Blue Growth, stakeholder inputs from the conference have been used to develop a project Prospectus, outlining ideas for projects that could be developed into full bids for funding from European sources such as INTERREG.

We are inviting expressions of interest in these ideas and hope to organise a Partner Cafe event in Spring 2015 to bring together potential partners for bid development.

For more information and to download the Prospectus see our European Funding Opportunities page.

Third Annual Conference – Presentations Now Available

Despite a last minute change of venue the Irish Sea Maritime Forum held a successful third Annual Conference at the Liner Hotel, Liverpool with over 70 delegates in attendance. The ISMF Secretariat would like to thank all of our speakers and delegates who came along and joined discussions on the EU’s Blue Growth agenda and future opportunities for the Irish Sea region. Presentations from the day are now available for downloading from the conference web page →.

Annual Conference – Final Programme now available

We are pleased to announce the final programme for our Third Annual Conference on the theme of Blue Growth which takes place in Liverpool next week on Wednesday 2nd July at the Rum Warehouse, Stanley Dock. The conference will feature a welcome address from the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp and presentations from representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the British-Irish Commercial Bar Association and Dublin Regional Authority.

Download the Final Programme HERE

For further information see the Conference web page →

Welsh Government launches consultation on Statement of Public Participation for Marine Planning

The Welsh Government has recently published its draft Statement of Public Participation in support of marine planning which sets out the options for how and when people will be consulted on Wales’ marine planning process. The Welsh Government is committed to having its first national marine planning process in place by 2015. Members of the public can now view and respond to the draft document which is available here.

Read the full press release from Alun Davies (link opens in new window).

The consultation runs from 3rd February 2014 to 28th March 2014.

Annual Conference – Thanks to all who took part!

Yesterday we held our Second Annual Conference at the Tall Ship, Riverside, Glasgow, with approximately 70 delegates coming along to hear speakers talk about marine spatial planning activity in each of the jurisdictions around the Irish Sea, alongside the latest developments in European Policy and examples of EU-funded projects.

In addition we also launched our “Irish Sea Issues and Opportunities” Report – you can read more about this in the ISMF Documents pages.

Copies of the presentations from our speakers will be available online soon.

Thanks to our chair, Lady Isabel Glasgow, our speakers and delegates for their contributions, questions and making our Second Conference a lively and informative day.

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