Supporting the Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the North Atlantic Region

Supporting the Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the North Atlantic Region

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2017 - December 2018
Specific Funding Programme: 

SIMNORAT was co-funded by the EC – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) Call for Poposal EASME/EMFF/2015/


€1.800.000 and 80% of the budget was funded by the EU

About the Project: 

SIMNORAT focused on two key objectives:

  • Supporting the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in EU Member States;
  • Launching and carry out concrete and cross-border MSP initiatives between Member States.

To address these objectives the activities undertaken focused on the following issues:

  • Initial assessment
  • Cooperation on MSP in Western Mediterranean
  • MSP process
  • Methodology for a transboundary MSP
  • Spatial demands and future trends
  • Data and information’s requirements for MSP.
  • Tools and methods supporting MSP.
  • Stakeholder’s engagement

SIMNORAT also addressed case studies on transboundary pilot sites.

Signposting document


Case studies


A final conference was organised on 29-30 January 2019 in Brest, France and a Signposting document was published. This document signposts users and stakeholders towards appropriate SIMNORAT outputs and resources by providing summaries of the components and the main findings. A Stakeholder Conference was organised on 19 December 2018 and the event report/presentations are available online.

Project partners

SIMNORAT involved the following partners:

Aveiro University, Portugal
CEDEX – Study and Experimentation Centre, Spain
CEREMA – Expertise Centre on Risks studies, Environment, Mobility and space planning, France
CPRM – Conference of Peripherical Maritime Regions;
IEO – Oceanographic Institute (Spain);
FBA – French Biodiversity Agency
Shom – French Hydrographic Office