Project Partners

The Agence Francaise pour la Biodiversité (AFB) is a public establishment of an administrative nature under the governance of the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development.

It is involved in the creation and management of marine protected areas because in the maritime domain, the role of the State is predominant in terms of decision-making. It is its responsibility to put in place the different categories of marine protected areas (e.g. creation of Natura 2000 sites and assignments for the creation of marine nature parks).

In SIMCelt AFB and University of Liverpool will be working together on the development of the Scenarios. Specifically AFB will be providing analysis of MPA processes and how these interact with other uses of the sea. They are also part of a cumulative impacts assessment pilot area in Northern Brittany.


DAERA Branding spotDAERA is responsible for the preparation and adoption of marine plans for the Northern Ireland marine area. The Department is also responsible for implementing international, EU and national legislation along with promoting, protecting and sustaining Northern Ireland’s coastal waters against pollutants. The Department is also responsible for providing terrestrial planning authorisation and the granting of marine licences for new marine developments in Northern Ireland’s internal waters i.e. sea loughs, estuaries and rivers so far as the tide flows at mean high water spring tide.

DAERA is responsible for Case Study #4 Understanding and applying ecosystems services to MSP.


logo-marine-instituteThe Marine Institute is the national Irish agency responsible for marine research and innovation. Under the Marine Institute Act, it is a duty of the Institute “to promote and assist the improvement, development and application of technical and other processes for the exploitation and development of the marine resource”. Consistent with this responsibility the Institute will provide technical and scientific support and advice on the implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive and the development of a maritime spatial plan.

The Marine Institute is responsible for developing Case Study #2 Assessment of cumulative impacts in the Irish Sea.


The university is home to the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre – a multi-disciplinary research cluster of key university and industrial partners.


UCC/MaREI are the Lead partners on this project and are responsible for the project management as well as technical aspects of SIMCelt. They are focusing on Developing an Overview, Cross border cooperation and coordinating the Case Studies work.


Marine Scotland was created as a Directorate of the Scottish Government in 2009 and is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland’s seas.  Its purpose is to manage their prosperity and environmental sustainability within a framework of actions to achieve the Scottish Government’s vision of clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse marine and coastal environments.  Marine Scotland published Scotland’s first National Marine Plan in March 2015.

Marine Scotland are leading on the stakeholder engagement aspects of SIMCelt, developing existing and novel approaches to involve key agencies and sector groups in the MSP process. They are also responsible for Case Study #3 Planning across borders.


SHOM is responsible in France for the collection and dissemination of the best available marine physical and geomorphological data. Marine plans are built from these key data. SHOM operates a marine data portal, which complies with INSPIRE Directive. Moreover SHOM is also contributing to major developments launched by DG MARE such as EMODNET, Coastal Mapping, Kopernikus to improve the marine knowledge base.

SHOM will be investigating data needs for MSP and increasing the usability and inter-operability of existing data sets to encourage transboundary knowledge sharing.


logo-liverpool-universityThe University of Liverpool has previously been a lead partner on several EU funded projects concerning the marine environment. It has a strong track record in marine science and management, and is home to spatial planning, the oldest centre of planning education in the world; and is now taking a leading role in education and research into MSP.

The Liverpool team is investigating the components on Scenario planning and Evaluating MSP as well as being the lead partner on Communications.