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Ireland

Which Maritime Spatial Plans Exist?

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) is leading the preparation of marine spatial planning on behalf of the Government, with input from other relevant Departments and Agencies including Ireland’s Marine Institute.

The marine plan will cover Ireland’s maritime area, including internal waters (sea area), territorial seas, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf. A single plan will be prepared for the entire area initially, with the possibility of more detailed regional plans being made at a later date.

The DHPLG has been developing Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF), which will be the overarching framework for decision making that is consistent, evidence-based and secures a sustainable future for the marine area.  The NMPF will be Ireland’s national marine plan. A first NMPF draft was published in November 2019 and was open for public consultation until the end of April 2020.

A previous milestone in the process was the publication of, and consultation on, an initial report setting out the context in which the NMPF is to be developed and which helped to identify the key issues that marine planning needs to address. The National Marine Planning Framework Baseline Report was published on 18 September 2018.  A series of regional public and stakeholder events were held nationally throughout October 2018 to launch the report and to inform and support public and stakeholders’ participation.

MSP Legislation

The DHPLG has been developing Ireland’s National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF), which will be the overarching framework for decision-making that is consistent, evidence-based and secures a sustainable future for the marine area.  The NMPF will be Ireland’s national marine plan.  A first NMPF draft was published in November 2019 and was open for public consultation until the end of April 2020.

National MSP Authority

Ireland’s national competent authority for maritime spatial planning is the Department for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPLG)

Contact

Marine Planning Policy and Development Section
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Newtown Road
Wexford Y35 AP90
MSP@housing.gov.ie

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Last Update 12.03.2020