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.

2004-2006 Marine Spatial Planning Pilot was part of Marine Stewardship initiative to research options for developing and implementing MSP in UK. The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs commissioned a consortium comprising ABPmer, MSPP Consortium for this study which included a literature review to identify international experiences of MSP and their applicability to the UK and a pilot project in the Irish Sea, to simulate the feasibility for the development of a regional and local plan.

2002 to 2010 The Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) was developed in Shetland (SMSP), Sound of Mull, Firth of Clyde and Berwickshire Coast largely through local voluntary and council organizations with funding mainly from the Scottish Government, the Crown Estate and Scottish Natural Heritage. These are pilot plans designed to identify issues and test possible MSP process in Scotland. They used national and EU policies along with international experience of MSP for application in their various marine jurisdictions. Amongst all the four pilot cases, it’s only the Shetland Pilot MSP that has gone on to be adopted as a statutory instrument under the Shetland Islands Council’s Local Development Plan as Supplementary Guidance in 2013. Shetland Isles and Clyde have been chosen as marine regions under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 to begin statutory marine planning.

2002-2004 Irish Sea Pilot Project was set up by the UK Government to test the potential for an ecosystem approach to managing the marine environment at a regional sea scale. The involvement from the Governments of Ireland, the Isle of Man, the devolved Administrations of the UK and many Irish Sea stakeholders contributed to the Pilot project.

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.

2010-2015 ISLES Project-The Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study (Planning and Environment Processes) was designed to enable the development of interconnected grid networks to enhance the integration of marine renewable energy between Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. ISLES I focused on a feasibility study for an interconnected offshore electricity grid network whiles ISLES II developed the cross jurisdictional Spatial Plan, business plan and regulatory model for the interconnected offshore electricity grid network.

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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