There are relatively few projects focused on the MSP directive to date.

2014 – 2017 Baltic Scope focuses on the Baltic Sea involving partners from 9 countries and developing transboundary approaches to planning for the environment, shipping, fisheries and energy. It has recently concluded and outcomes will be shared on the website.

2012 – 2014 Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA) was part-funded by DG MARE and involved partners from the UK, Portugal, Spain, and Ireland. It was a pilot process to explore stakeholder engagement, governance and legal frameworks, and data management for cross-border MSP exercises in two pilot areas, one in the Celtic Seas – the East Coast between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Marine Strategy Framework Directive

2013 – 2017 Celtic Sea Partnership (CSP) is the successor of the WWF UK led LIFE+ PISCES project which brought together stakeholders from the Celtic Sea to develop a practical guide on implementing the ecosystem approach in the context of the MSFD. CSP aimed to draw together people from across the Celtic Sea to set up collaborative and innovative approaches to managing their marine environment. There are many relevant lessons to be learnt in terms of our Case Studies #2 and #4 and also components involving transboundary working

2010 – 2014 Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management (ODEMM) involved 17 project partners across Europe’s four regional seas – Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the North East Atlantic Ocean. Its aim was to give an operational process of creating, appraising and choosing ecosystem-based marine management options. The project’s outcomes have particular relevance for Case Study #2

Other projects supporting marine planning activities

2012 – 2015 Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Western Channel (VALMER) Project involved 11 partners from government institutions, universities and data agencies across the western channel between the UK and France. Co-funded by INTERREG IV A Channel programme it aimed to examine how improved marine ecosystem services assessment could support effective and informed marine management and planning. The project’s outcomes have particular relevance for Case Study #2

2012 – 2014 Marine Atlantic Regions Network (MARNET) focused on the Atlantic Area involving partners from the UK, Ireland, France Spain and Portugal. It aimed to develop a methodology to create and collate comparable marine socio-economic data to support marine socio-economic development initiatives in the Atlantic Area. The Network facilitates greater collaboration and knowledge exchange

2008 – 2011 Combining Sea and Coastal Planning in Europe (CSCOPE) involved partners South-West England and Belgium who worked to achieve a seamless, integrated approach to management and planning within the land-sea interface to suit the demands of professional and non-professional users, following a ‘bottom-up’ approach.

You can find out more about all of these projects and others in different sea-basins on the EU MSP Platform website

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