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 - January 2019
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

Project Results

The following outputs are available from the SIMNORAT project. A Signposting Document directs users and stakeholders towards appropriate SIMNORAT outputs and resources by providing summaries of the components and the main findings. 

Several of these outputs are described in detail in the Practices Database. These descriptions can be found using the links under Practices in the left menu.

Project Events

A final conference was organised on 29-30 January 2019 in Brest, France 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