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Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas

Funding Programme:

European Commission


Completion Year:

Contact Person(s):

Dr. Anne Marie O'Hagan,

Senior Research Fellow: Coastal Marine Governance,

MaREI: the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine,

Environmental Research Institute: Beaufort Building,

University College Cork,

Haulbowline Road, Ringaskiddy,

Co. Cork, P43 C573, Ireland.

Email: (a[dot]ohagan[at]ucc[dot]ie)


Implementation Period:
Specific Funding Programme:

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)



About the Project:

SIMCelt was a project intended to support the implementation of the MSP Directive by Member States within the Celtic Seas (OSPAR Region III), and to contribute to supporting cross-border cooperation between MS in relation to implementation of the MSP Directive. SIMCelt focused on a number of activities that reflect and respond to perceived needs as set out in the call for proposals, and also identified by the current priorities of the MSP authorities whose remit impacts in the Celtic Seas, including national and devolved administrations. A practitioner-focused project, SIMCelt involved both academic and government partners from France, Ireland and the UK.

Project partners

  • Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, University College Cork (IE) – Lead Partner
  • Marine Scotland (UK)
  • Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM) (FR)
  • The University of Liverpool (UK)
  • Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (AAMP) (FR)
  • Marine Institute (IE)
  • Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland (UK)


Final – Signposting document

Initial Assessment: Developing an Overview

Spatial demands and scenarios for maritime sectors and marine conservation

Data and Information requirements for MSP

Stakeholder Engagement

Establish case Studies on Approaches to MSP Implementation

Development of Cooperation on MSP

Evaluation of the MSP Process