About SIMCelt

Co-funded by the EU Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, SIMCelt is a two-year project which aims to promote practical cross-border cooperation between Member States on the implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive in the Celtic Seas.

SIMCelt will focus on informing practical aspects of MSP implementation, with a specific focus on transboundary cooperation. The identification and sharing of best practice, will enhance understanding of and address the issues and challenges to MSP implementation that span the Celtic Seas.

A practitioner-focused project, SIMCelt involves both academic and government partners from France, Ireland and the UK. It will build upon existing mechanisms for transboundary working to enhance cooperation, reduce cross-sectoral conflict and promote the development of coherent maritime spatial plans by Member States within the Celtic Seas.

Specific actions are:-

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  • To inform awareness and understanding of the range of factors potentially impacting on the marine area within the Celtic Seas, their cumulative impact and projected future trends. More…
  • Building on existing mechanisms, to identify opportunity and best practice for data sharing and joint use of data; within the specific context of transboundary areas and issues within the Celtic Seas. More…
  • To identify and address important data gaps and support the coherence of data analysis across marine area boundaries. More…
  • To examine the potential impact and interaction of maritime sectoral activities, specifically where they span marine area borders. More…
  • To explore the potential spatial requirements for marine conservation; specifically the challenges around transboundary working. More…
  • To examine the challenges to, and opportunities for, transboundary cooperation on MSP and possible approaches to addressing these. More…

These actions are addressed through the project components

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