C1.3. Development of Cooperation on Maritime Spatial Planning

Lead partner: UCC


This sub-component will explore potential mechanisms for supporting cooperation between planning authorities on maritime spatial plans for further consideration by the Member States (MS) whose marine area includes part of the Celtic Seas. C1.3. will consider what level of cooperation is required by MS and the extent to which this currently is or can be met through existing measures. Existing mechanisms include requirements under the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive and Aarhus Convention, initiatives such as OSPAR, and existing networks, e.g. Irish Sea Maritime Forum.


It must be emphasised that the practical application of enhanced cooperation will be realised through all the other sub-components. This in turn will inform on-going working and any consensus developed between participants on the approach to future cooperation.


An analysis of transboundary cooperation between Member States for transboundary cooperation with respect to MSP. Recommendations about future requirements for transboundary cooperation mechanisms.