News

2021

July

The European Commission launched an invitation to all relevant stakeholder organisations to express their interest in becoming a member of a new working group on offshore renewable energy under the framework of the clean energy industrial forum. The mandate of the group is to contribute to the EU’s offshore renewable energy ambitions outlined in the Strategy for Offshore Renewable Energy. These include provisions for an installed capacity of at least 60 GW offshore wind and at least 1 GW of ocean energy by 2030, increasing to, at least, 300 GW and 40 GW respectively by 2050. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2021.

More information about this call and how to submit your application can be found here.

The closing conference for the SIMAtlantic project will be held on 15 September 2021. SIMAtlantic is a 2-year EU-funded project to support the establishment and implementation of maritime spatial planning in the five European Atlantic nations: France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. The aim of the conference is to share the lessons learnt and best practices identified during the SIMAtlantic project and from elsewhere around Europe, to assist in shaping future cooperation and coherence in maritime spatial planning (MSP). There are six sessions in total, held at the following times:

  • 09.00–10.30 Session 1: Developing a vision for MSP in the European Atlantic region;
  • 11.00–12.30 Session 2A: Governance for transboundary MSPData sharing and stakeholder engagement;
  • 11.00–12.30 Session 2B: Data sharing and stakeholder engagement
  • 13.00–14.30 Session 3A: Beyond environmental assessment towards ecosystem based MSP;
  • 13.00–14.30 Session 3B: Approaches to land-sea interactions in the European Atlantic and beyond;
  • 15.00–16.30 Session 4: Achieving cooperation and coherence in European Atlantic MSP.

For more information and registration, please see the event page.

Jul 21

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, an MSPglobal Initiative partner, has published a new policy brief “Public Participation in Marine Policy Development”.

Discover how inclusive marine policies need to be formulated and implemented through a participatory process and how strategies for Maritime Spatial Planning and the Blue Economy fit into this public participation. Details on some of the approaches that MSPglobal has applied will also be provided.

This policy brief is available in English and in Spanish.

All documents are available here.

The European Commission has launched a Public Consultation on current challenges in algae production and consumption. This public consultation aims to collect information on the subject, to ensure all voices are heard and to target different relevant algae sector representatives, e.g., suppliers, producers, processors, end-users, researchers, academia, sectoral organisations, non-governmental organisations and member state authorities.

Please see here for more information. The deadline to submit is 11 August 2021.

The European Parliament adopted yesterday, Tuesday 6 July 2021, the 2021-2027 fisheries and aquaculture fund, with a total budget of €6 108 billion. The EMFAF will provide financial support to protect, manage and sustainably use the ocean and its resources, thus contributing to the objectives of the European Green Deal.

Of the total amount, the programme is divided between:

  • shared management – €5.311 billion is provided through national programmes co-financed by the EU budget and EU countries;
  • direct management – €797 million is provided directly by the Commission.

This fund has been adopted in order to facilitate:

  • “the transition to sustainable and low-carbon fishing
  • the protection of marine biodiversity and ecosystems
  • the supply of quality and healthy seafood to European consumers
  • the socio-economic attractiveness and the generational renewal of the fishing sector, in particular as regards small-scale coastal fisheries
  • the development of a sustainable and competitive aquaculture contributing to food security
  • the improvement of skills and working conditions in the fishing and aquaculture sectors
  • the economic and social vitality of coastal communities
  • innovation in the sustainable blue economy
  • maritime security towards a safe maritime space
  • international cooperation towards healthy, safe and sustainably managed oceans”

Lear more about the EMFAF here.

On Thursday 1 July 2021, the Irish government launched the National Marine Planning Framework, Ireland’s first national framework for managing marine activities.

A first NMPF draft was published in November 2019, and was open for public consultation until April 2020. There were over 3,500 comments to consider from 225 submissions including those provided by neighbouring states. As chapters were amended, relevant Government Departments were consulted to obtain approval for the updates being made. A final version of the plan was then submitted to the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) for consideration as required by the legislation underpinning marine spatial planning in Ireland. The plan was debated by Dáil Éireann (lower house of Parliament) on 29 March 2021.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, will now bring the bill to the Oireachtas to seek its enactment. The Bill, when enacted, will establish in law a new planning regime for the maritime area.

Read more here.

June

Jun 28

Two new calls for proposals have been published by IOC UNESCO. The MSPglobal Initiative is looking for professional translators and graphic designers to assist them in the preparation of IOC and DG MARE Guidelines on International Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

  • Translation of the MSPglobal International Guidance on Marine Spatial Planning from English into French, Spanish, and Arabic

Deadline: 9 July 2021

  • Design of the MSPglobal International Guidance on Marine Spatial Planning in English, French, and Spanish

Deadline: 9 July 2021

Find all the information on how to apply here.

 

The European MSP Platform has just published a short background study on “Best practice guidance in multi-use issues and licensing procedures”.

This technical study is based on desk research, using scientific literature and online project reports. It takes stock of previous work and gives an overview of the multi-use of sea space in the European Union, as well as the information necessary for planners and decision makers to consider the development of multi-use spaces. This study is based on the considerations that 1) the development of the blue economy is increasing demands on maritime and coastal spaces, and 2) some new activities require a permanent allocation of space.

Take a look at the study here.

Telling the story of MSP across Europe with five Maritime Spatial Planning projects supported by the EMFF

MSP in Europe is an ambitious and collaborative project involving Member states, administrations, research institutions, industries and  society as a whole. MSP means cooperating across borders and sectors for a smart, sustainable, productive, and fair use of the maritime space. In the context of the emergence of the first national maritime spatial plans presented by Member states in 2021, the European MSP Assistance Mechanism has produced a six minute video clip introducing five representative projects in different European maritime basins, supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020).

This video is downloadable with English subtitles in several resolutions from this link: https://vimeo.com/atkinsglobal/download/562094477/f813689fa5 and can be shared on your social media, websites, newsletters and any other digital communication tools.

Social media:

When sharing on Twitter: please tag the following accounts:

@EU_MSP_Platform https://twitter.com/EU_MSP_Platform

@EU_MARE https://twitter.com/EU_MARE

@CINEA_EU https://twitter.com/cinea_eu

The following projects are featured in the video

MSPmed: Towards the operational implementation of MSP in our common Mediterranean Sea  https://mspmed.eu/ 

MarSP: MarSP project intends to reinforce the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) processes in the three EU Macaronesian Archipelagos - Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands   https://marsp.eu/

MARSPLAN-B2 II: supports coherent, cross-sectoral MSP in Bulgaria and Romania under the framework of MSP Directive 2014/89/EU and to establish a long-lasting mechanism for the Black Sea Basin cross-border cooperation on MSP.   http://www.ccms.bg/en/our-projects/marsplan-bs-ii

SIMAtlantic: SIMAtlantic aims to support the establishment and implementation of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in five European Atlantic countries: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.  https://www.simatlantic.eu/

SEANSE: The general objective of this project is to support the development and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans, by creating a coherent approach to Strategic Environmental Assessments with a focus on renewable energy.  https://northseaportal.eu/

PANBALTIC Scope carries concrete cross-border activities at different geographical levels to meet the needs of the national maritime spatial planning processes and to support the successful implementation of the EU MSP Directive. http://www.panbalticscope.eu/

For more information about this video and its dissemination please contact

info@msp-platform.eu

France notified the European Commission that they had adopted the four sea-basin strategies (East Channel – North Sea, North Atlantic-West Channel, South Atlantic, Mediterranean) in February 2020. These strategies are the result of the first stages of MSP for each sea-basin and include: an initial assessment (environment and human activities), strategic objectives and preliminary spatial plans (vocation map plus fact sheets). After a first public consultation, the first two parts of each sea-basin strategy were adopted by the coordinating Administrations in September/October 2019. France is now finalising the remaining two parts of their Strategic Documents. The documents were reviewed by the French National Environmental Agency on 5 May 2021 and an online public consultation was launched on 20 May 2021 (open until 20 August) on the operational aspects of the DSF with the four FSDs: https://www.merlittoral2030.gouv.fr .

Furthermore, a questionnaire has been drawn up to gather the opinions of the various stakeholders on the notion of territory applied to coastal and maritime areas, in light of the scientific communities’ work and the perceptions of the players involved in these territories.

Link to the questionnaire: http://enqueteur.cgdd.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/index.php/373139?lan... 

In 2017, Spain adopted the Royal Decree 363/2017 of 8 April establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning, which transposes into the Spanish legislation Directive 2014/89/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2015, establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning.

Spain has recently been moving forward on the technical development of Maritime Spatial Planning and is in the process of finalising its five MSPs, one for each of the five marine subdivisions and the public consultation on the maritime spatial plans for the 5 marine subdivisions was launched on 7 June and will be open until 25 June 2021.

The European Commission has launched the 6th edition of the European Natura 2000 Award. This edition includes a new category for Marine conservation which focusses more on the conservation of marine and coastal areas. The Award raises awareness on Natura 2000, the work carried out by different organisations and individuals to safeguard these vital natural assets, and the health, cultural, societal and economic benefits the network provides to us all, as well as its value in its own right.

Applications are open for the Award until 30 September and the Award Ceremony will take place around Natura 2000 Day in May 2022.

Further information and registration are available on the event page.

Jun 01

The SEAPLANSPACE project is organising a Summer School for 2021 that will take place online from 28 June to 2 July. The University of Gdańsk, Maritime Institute of Gdynia Maritime University, EUCC Baltic Office, County Administrative Board of Kalmar, EUCC Coastal Union Germany, Centre for Regional and Tourism Research and Aalborg University will organise this international event in an act of cross-border cooperation. The event aims to strengthen the competencies of those working, or preparing to work, in Maritime Spatial Planning in the context of sustainable management of the sea, thus supporting socio-economic development.

Deadline for applications: 15 June 2021

Further information and registration are available on the event page.

May

May 27

Have you missed the last weeks of MSP news? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our review! You can find a selection of some of the most relevant updates here:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

On 17 May, the European Commission published its new approach to achieving a sustainable blue economy in the EU. These guidelines are aligned with the objectives of the European Green Deal to ensure that the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is ecologically sustainable and inclusive. This document develops the goals within the framework of the blue economy for the EU:

  • achieve the objectives of climate neutrality and zero pollution;
  • switch to a circular economy and reduce pollution;
  • preserve biodiversity and invest in nature;
  • support climate adaptation and coastal resilience;
  • ensure sustainable food production;
  • improve management of space at sea.

This last goal highlights the important role of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the sustainable use of the marine environment. MSP remains an essential tool to prevent spatial conflicts between activities taking place at sea and to ensure a balance between nature conservation and economic development. In 2022, the  Commission will publish a report on the implementation of the MSP Directive and the adoption of Member States' national plans in order to facilitate cross-border cooperation and encourage Member States to integrate objectives of offshore renewable energy development in their national spatial plans. The above communication from the Commission also sets out its intention to revise the MSFD and to prepare guidance on an ecosystem-based approach to maritime spatial planning and promote the multi-use of marine space.

Take a look at the EU’s full Communication and a linked press-release here.

May 06

The MULTI-FRAME project was officially launched in June 2020 as a collaborative approach including eight institutions from Norway, France, Brazil, Germany, Mozambique and the United States! Over the last 11 months the MULTI-FRAME team has explored the diversity of multi-use (MU) across the globe and taken the first steps towards the preparation of case studies for the eight countries involved.

The first newsletter of the MULTI-FRAME project details the outcomes of the first project webinar on the definition of Multi-Use (MU), and outlines the baseline mapping exercise of MU cases worldwide.

Discover the newsletter in the following link.

All presentations from the MSPglobal online seminars on national MSP practices are now available on YouTube in different languages.

  • Indonesia: EN / FR
  • Germany: EN / FR / ES
  • Finland: EN /FR / ES
  • China: EN
  • Netherlands: EN / FR / ES
  • Mozambique: EN / PT

These webinars were part of a  series of webinars to present global MSP Practices. 
Please find the videos here.

April

On 16th of April 2021, a virtual Workshop on ‘Maritime Spatial Planning as a tool to boost and support “Blue” Entrepreneurship in Islands’ was held that focused on the needs of insular regions, economies and SMEs. The event was organized by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce of the EU (INSULEUR) in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Centre of Excellence on Blue Growth – Shipping Marine Environment – INSULARITY of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. The European MSP Platform was invited to give a presentation on northern European experiences in insular MSP.

The Workshop gathered over 60 participants and a prominent panel of speakers. The topics of the Blue Growth of islands and an EU framework for MSP (EU Directive 2014/89/EU) as an integral part of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy were addressed, together with examples and best practices from Malta Gozo Business Chamber, northern islands from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, and the Clean Energy for the EU Islands Initiative. It was highlighted that islands with different and unique characteristics develop specific strategies to boost island entrepreneurship and to harness distinctive economic assets of islands.

The European MSP Platform’s expert, Patrycja Enet, provided two specific case studies from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea that highlighted the importance of an integrated and holistic approach to MSP to islands’ planning and management; transboundary collaboration at the regional scale for islands’ sustainable management; and islands’ innovative energy efficiency and decarbonization solutions constraining environmental pollution. One example presented was of the Finnish islands -Archipelago Sea islands and Åland islands, where archipelagic ferry traffic serves for touristic island hopping. Developments towards powering these ferries by green hydrogen is considered a strong potential renewable alternative to fossil fuel. These developments also include an estimation of the required energy storage capacity on islands for large-scale integration of renewables and electric ferry charging stations.    

The workshop concluded that the blue economy is an important niche for the diversification of insular economies for their revival and long-term sustainability. It also highlighted best practice examples to help National or Regional Authorities in elaborating their MSP, bearing in mind the flexibility needed to boost island entrepreneurship. It is hoped that the outputs of this event will be useful for policy and decision-makers for developing MSP while building island territories’ comparative advantage, adopting business models built on quality, environmental values, distinctiveness, recognition of territorial labels and culture, and supporting innovation in service sectors such as tourism and retail.

The European Commission and the European External Action Service invited maritime stakeholders worldwide to a high-level event presenting final recommendations and next steps for a global ocean sustainability action developed under the EU International Ocean Governance (IOG) Forum. The event took place in a virtual format on April 20, 2021 from 14:00-17:00 (CEST). The recording can be accessed here.

Please check the following interventions relevant to MSP that might be of interest:

  • Mr. Jakob Granit, Director General, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management / Chair, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) gives a talk about the EU Maritime Spatial Planning. He consideres the EU MSP framework as an example for ocean governance. Recording: 01h37m50s - 01h42m16s.
  • Ms. Charline Vitcheva, Director-General of DG MARE answers a question on MSP beyond areas of national jurisdiction. Recording: 02h09m53s - 02h13m55s.

For other presentations, please see the agenda here

Apr 20

The SIMAtlanitc project has published a new report available on its pulications page. This report presents the results of a survey conducted by the SHOM (Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine) on how MSP related data is produced and shared in the European Atlantic.

The report is available in English and French.

 

Apr 19

MSPglobal has launched four technical reports on the current status and scenarios of maritime uses in the Western Mediterranean and Southeast Pacific. The reports aim to improve cross-border and transboundary cooperation for the development of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Sustainable Blue Economy strategies. This is part of putting into effect the Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide (MSP). 
All reports were co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and are available in

Plese find the reports here

The Commission has published a roadmap for an Action plan to conserve fisheries resources and protect marine ecosystems. The plan points out where action is needed to address the by-catch of sensitive species and adverse impacts on sensitive habitats through technical measures such as area closures, gear changes and mitigation measures for sensitive species. It contributes to one of the main objectives of the European Green Deal, in making fisheries more sustainable, protecting marine ecosystems and their biodiversity.

Please give your feedback here. Deadline 13 may 2021.

 

EU countries are required under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive to develop strategies in order to achieve ‘good environmental status’ and have clean, healthy and productive seas by 2020.

The Commission has published a roadmap for the review of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) to explore options for improvement and propose possible amendments. This roadmap is open for feedback until 6 May 2021 through the Have your say portal. Feedback will be taken into account for further development and fine tuning of the initiative. The Commission will summarise the input received in a synopsis report explaining how the input will be taken on board and, if applicable, why certain suggestions can't be taken up. Feedback received will be published on this site and therefore must adhere to the feedback rules.

Learn more about this initiative here. 

 

Apr 13

In parallel with the European Maritime Day Conference in Den Helder (20-21 May 2021), “EMD In My Country 2021” events will take place throughout Europe from April to October 2021.  A number of them are related to Maritime Spatial Planning:

The entire list of events held for “EMD in my country 2021” is available here.

Apr 09

Have you missed the last weeks of MSP news? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our review! You can find a selection of some of the most relevant updates here:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

Apr 06

The plan that now goes in consultation for six months is a historic one. Denmark has never before had a holistic plan for how to use the many opportunities the ocean offers. The coming spatial plan will apply to the marine internal waters, the territorial sea and the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Please read the full article on the Danish Maritime Authority website.

Follow the link for further information on the Danish MSP.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, and his departmental colleagues Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, and Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD, welcomed the approval given at Cabinet for the Irish National Marine Planning Framework, a step identified in the Interim Climate Actions 2021 for facilitating the development of offshore wind energy. 

Please read the full article here.

March

According to the decision ÅLR 2019/6446, the Åland provincial government has approved its first maritime spatial plan following the last consultation period that ended on 15 February 2021. The plan entered into force on 22.03.2021 and should be updated at least every six years.

Please see the supporting documents and online map for more details. 

Mar 25

With the implementation of the new long-term EU budget, some EASME managed programmes are moving to the new European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). From 1 April, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the Life Programme, Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency and partly Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials will by managed by the new Agency.

Read the full article on the EASME website.

Mar 24

A new video published by Euronews on 17 March 2021 highlights the fact that, “Fishermen and wind farms must learn to coexist”. Given the European Union’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2050, an increasing portion of the sea is currently occupied by wind farms. This situation, coupled with the proliferation of marine protected areas, could benefit from maritime spatial planning to help all users of the sea live together.

Watch the full video here.

The Managing Authority of the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme together with the members of the Task Force are preparing the new programme for the 2021-2027 period. After several meetings and the benefit of advice from a team of experts, we are now presenting a summary of the strategy for the next Atlantic Area Programme and launching a public consultation, open to all Atlantic stakeholders and interested parties.
You are invited to contribute and share your opinion with us on this proposal. Your contributions regarding lessons learnt and room for improvement for the future programme will also be welcomed. Your answers will provide us with valuable inputs to better define our priorities, objectives and results to be achieved during the next programming period.

The deadline to submit this questionnaire is Monday, 29th of March 2021.

You can access here the public consultation.

The European MSP Platform organised an online event dedicated to communication tools, strategies and examples of successful communication initiatives for Maritime Spatial Planning advancement in Europe. In partnership with IOC UNESCO MSP global initiative, this event reached stakeholders well beyond European Member states with participants from Morocco, China, Iran, Norway and Iceland.

Available presentations:

The webinar report is available here.

 

The new European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Geology shoreline-migration map based on field measurements and aerial s is now freely accessible from the EMODnet Geology portal! This portal is one of several EMODnet portals with the purpose of strengthening blue growth in Europe. The new map allows policy makers, together with national and regional coastal managers, to know how and at what rate our coasts are changing.

Download the press release in PDF.

Visit the EMODnet Geology portal: www.emodnet-geology.eu

Mar 17

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, partner of the MSPglobal Inititative, has published five new documents. Discover how existing and future conditions, sustainable blue economy, climate change, capacity development and ocean governance relate to, and interact with, maritime spatial planning in the new policy briefs.

All documents are accessible here.

BlueMed CSA has organised its final conference from 22 to 24 February 2020. The event focused on the most relevant outcomes of the BlueMed CSA. All the sessions have been recorded and are now available on the conference webpage, as well as the speakers’ presentations and the graphical recording panels realised by Gabriele Peddes.
Please access the materials from the conference here.

Mar 11

Would you like to learn more about the SIMAtlantic project (Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Atlantic) that started in 2019? Who are the partners? What are the pilot study areas, themes and expected impacts of the project? Please see the project website and a new leaflet summarising the work.

 

A new document « MSPglobal Policy Brief: Ocean Governance and Marine Spatial Planning “ produced by Andrea Morf (Swedish  Institute  for  the  Marine  Environment), Mario Caña (GRID-Arendal,  Norway), Deborah Shinoda (Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom) and published by the Intergovernmental  Oceanographic  Commission  of  the  United  Nations  Educational,  Scientific  and  Cultural Organization is now available online.

Please access the document here.

Mar 05

Have you missed the last three weeks of MSP news? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our review! You can find a selection of some of the most relevant updates here:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

Mar 03

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the World Ocean Council (WOC) are collaborating to advance the role of the agency in furthering ocean sustainable development, in support of the “Blue Worlds Task Force” which brings together ESA Member States representatives and ESA experts to focus on the Blue Economy.

WOC invites the European ocean business and industry participants to complete ESA’s short questionnaire on how space-based systems and data can help develop, safeguard and enable sustainable growth in the maritime sector. The survey closes on 7 March.

For further information and to access the survey, please follow the link.

Baltic Rim Economies (BRE), a discussion forum that deals with the development and tropical issus of the Baltic Sea region, published by the Pan-European Institute of Turku School of Economics, released its first review of the year on 25 February 2021. The review is dedicated to a special issue on the Baltic Sea protection. It highlights the maritime spatial planning for improved environment in the Baltic Sea in the article written by Liene Gaujeniete, a Spatial Planning Expert (VASAB Secretariat).

Please read the article here.

February

Feb 26

Following the publication of the Communicating MSP handbook, this webinar hosted by the European MSP Platform and IOC UNESCO MSP Global will look at in more detail three chapters and three projects highlighted in the guide.

With the support of MSP Platform and MSP Global experts, we invite you to take part in this online exchange to learn more about “Demonstrating MSP in the making”, “Visual and experience communication for MSP”, and “Adoption of MSP: engagement by involvement”. Key speakers will also share their experience and advice on three ‘change-making’ MSP communication initiatives: Maritime spatial plan Finland 2030, the Irish MSP online communication strategy, and the MSP Challenge.

Join us on March 16th at 14h00 at this link.

The 'Knowledge Flows in Marine Spatial Planning' Spring School 2021 is led by the Universities of Liverpool (UK), Nantes (France), and the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). It involves all partners of the Knowledge Flows in Marine Spatial Planning ERASMUS+ project. The KF-MSP Spring School 2021 challenges participants to:

  • Deepen their understanding of MSP;
  • Strengthen their knowledge through practical lessons;
  • Tackle challenges as a group;
  • Engage in discussion with fellow students and MSP experts from across Europe.

The KF-MSP Spring School 2021 will take place online across 3 weeks beginning on Monday the 1st of March. It will cover 6 days in total, with lectures and discussions on Mondays and workshops being held on Tuesdays. Lectures will be recorded so available throughout the week.

For further information and registration, please see the webpage.

A new report by a non-profit association WindEurope summarises construction and financing activity in European offshore wind farms from 1 January to 31 December 2020. The report demonstrates that Europe now has a total installed offshore wind capacity of 25 GW. That corresponds to 5,402 grid-connected wind turbines across 12 countries, with an addition of 2.9 GW of offshore capacity during 2020.

With current 25 GW of offshore wind energy being produced, Europe could reach its goals to build 300 GW of offshore wind by 2050.

For more information, please see the WindEurope report.

 

EMODnet has recently published a new video on MSP. This short film presents how EMODnet is providing access to transboundary data and products on marine environmental parameters, as well as human maritime activities to support Maritime Spatial Planning.

EMODnet is a consortium of organisations assembling European marine data, data products and metadata from diverse sources in a uniform way.

Please watch the video here

For further information see the EMODnet dedicated webpage.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, invite submissions, observations and comments on the report of an expert advisory group on marine protected areas (MPAs) entitled “Expanding Ireland’s Marine Protected Area Network”.

The aim of this public consultation is to invite you to share your views on the process by which Ireland’s network of MPAs will be expanded.

To get involved, please use Chrome/Edge/Safari/Firefox browsers to complete and submit the online survey

Submissions close on 30 July 2021 at 5pm.

Please see here for more information.

In the scope of SIMAtlantic project, a survey on Cumulative Effects/Impacts Assessment (CEA/CIA) and SEA practices at national level was developed. The main objective is to identify approaches and methodologies used by different countries regarding SEA, CEA/CIA and Ecosystem services related to MSP. This survey intends to examine different experiences in the application of SEA to MSP, the methodologies used for CEA/CIA, and how were ecosystem services integrated and considered. 

If you are knowledgeable about SEA, CEA/CIA or ecosystem services in the context of MSP in one of the SIMAtlantic countries (France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain or United Kingdom), please complete this survey. 

The results will allow identifying the main adopted approaches and methodologies, as well as the main challenges in the SIMAtlantic countries.