After two years and three months of work, today we officially draw the SIMCelt project to a close. All of our final Deliverables are now available from the Project Reports and Tools page, including a Signposting Document, Transboundary Cooperation in the Celtic Seas: Reflections from the SIMCelt project that provides an overview of the project as a whole and our key outputs.
As well as overview reports, briefing notes, studies and guidelines that can be downloaded, we have a selection of online tools that will be available for use after the project has ended. These include the marine Data Portal, the MPA database, plus two online case studies.
Case Study #2 looks at the assessment of cumulative impacts for maritime spatial planning. The focus of Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) is to explore the interaction between human activities, pressures and the marine environment. CEA methodologies have developed over the past 10 years and there has been growing interest among researchers and practitioners about ways in ways in which CEA can be integrated into marine planning processes. The aim of this case study was to develop an approach to CEA for Maritime Spatial Planning. The Case Study demonstrated that there are gaps regarding the implementation of Cumulative Effects Assessment in Marine Spatial Planning. One of these is how to present the results of a CEA and to make it meaningful to the end-user. As part of the Irish Sea Pilot Project, the Marine Institute developed an open-source web mapping tool (Leaflet story map) to show how the CEA outputs could be assimilated by stakeholders, planners or developers. It is available at https://maps.marine.ie/simcelt/ (password protected). Please send an e-mail to caitriona.nicaonghusa @ marine.ie (without spaces) to request the login details.
The deliverable for Case Study #4 is now available in the form of an interactive Storymap. The aim of the case study is to help marine planners Understand and Apply Ecosystem Services to MSP in a practical way. This is achieved by focusing on the use of existing and readily available datasets that cover the whole of the Celtic Sea, and that require no data harmonisation across borders and can therefore be used in a transboundary context. Datasets from ICES (provisioning), EMODNET (regulating) and Social Media (cultural) are chosen as examples.
Finally, we’d like to thank all the people who have supported SIMCelt by providing feedback, attending events and sharing our work. We appreciate all your inputs and help in making the SIMCelt project a success.