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Coordination of sectorial policies - Northern Atlantic

Abstract: 

This report aims to understand what are the relevant sectorial policy instruments regarding MSP implementation process, what are the common and shared principles about coordination of sectorial policies in an MSP implementation process and how does the coordination work among the MSP process and the sectorial policies. Finally, this report provides some recommendations and guidelines to achieve an optimal coordination among the policy instruments. 

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
2019
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Environment aspects
Type of practice: 
Study
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Coherence with other processes: 
Common Fisheries Policy
Habitats and Birds Directive
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Water Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer

  • What are the relevant sectorial policy instruments regarding MSP implementation process?
  • What are the common and shared principles about coordination of sectorial policies in an MSP implementation process and transboundary context and in accordance with EBA?
  • How are the key principles of transboundary MSP being considered in the Spanish, Portuguese and French MSP process?
  • What should we improve in order to achieve an optimal coordination among the policy instruments?

Implementation Context

This paper has been developed under the SIMNORAT project. It is part of a group of activities which aims to develop and propose a conceptual methodology for transboundary MSP in the Northern Atlantic, with operational details on selected aspects.

Method

One specific method was used in this paper: apart from a litterature review, a questionnaire was sent among SIMNORAT project partners in order to analyse the coordination among the MSP process and sectorial policies.

Main Outputs / Results

Several recommendations are provided at the end of the study in order to achieve an optimal coordination among the policy instruments.  One of the first recommendations is that it is important to take both the horizontal coordination (between sectorial policies) and vertical coordination (between different governance levels) into account.

In addition, the marine and maritime management is completely dependent on international cooperation through well-functioning multilateral organizations.

Regarding the transboundary dimension of the MSP commons, standards between neighbouring countries is another important issue to be considered. This requires relevant normative framework, as well as the cooperation and coordination between and among the various levels of decision-making.

Another key recommendation is the promotion and fostering of the Sea Basin Strategies, in this specific case, the Atlantic Strategy and its Action Plan, since this Strategy contributes to the success of the Integrated Maritime Policy and it is focused on the promotion of maritime spatial planning as a tool.

In general, the coordination of all relevant sectorial policies depends also on the coordination and cooperation between the departments that largely work independently of one another.

Transferability

This methodology could be applied to other sea basins. The results of this study are however specific to this sea basin.

RESPONSIBLE ENTITIES

CEREMA, UAVR, French Biodiversity Agency.

COSTS / FUNDING SOURCE

SIMNORAT was co-funded by the EC – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE)

CONTACT PERSON

Marcia Marques

Unviersity of Aveiro, Portugal

marcia.marques@ua.pt

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