SIMCelt partners Scottish Government, Marine Institute and University College Cork represented us at the recent UNESCO MSP 2017 conference in Paris. There were presentations, exhibition stands and posters for delegates to engage with. You can see Caitriona Nic Aonghusa and Celia LeLievre’s posters below
eposter_Caitriona Nic Aonghusa
UoL, UCC, Marine Institute, DAERA and SHOM met in January to collaborate on components where there is complementarity and opportunity for synergies:-
- Spatial Demands and Scenarios for maritime sectors
- Case Study #1 Understanding cross-border issues and challenges
- Case Study #2 Assessment of cumulative impacts in the Irish Sea
- Case Study #4 Understanding and applying ecosystems services to MSP
Discussions resulted in the following suggested list of sectors of particular concern from an ecosystem health/transboundary MSP perspective:
- Ports including dredging
- Offshore renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal)
- Tourism and recreation
- Pipelines and cables
Further to this meeting, UCC has developed a research rationale for Case Study #1 which considers the specific topic of cross border cooperation on maritime transport to be of a suitable scope and scale to warrant attention. Shipping density maps for the Irish Sea are currently being assessed against offshore renewables, fisheries activity and conservation in the Irish Sea.
SHOM have since drafted a document analysing the gaps in Celtic Seas datasets to understand what needs to be done to support transboundary MSP processes between member states.
DAERA are using methodologies adapted from ODEMM‘s work on ecosystem service assessment and applying it to specific areas in the Irish Sea.
The Marine Institute’s work on cumulative impact assessment is developing a matrix as a way to identify and assess the impacts of most concern in specific habitats, work which is likely to be of interest to those involved in marine licensing and marine planning.