SIMAtlantic – Supporting the Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Atlantic

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Funding Body

Co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund



Research Area

Coastal and Marine Systems

Key Contact(s)

Dr Anne Marie O’Hagan (PI), Dr Martin Le Tissier & Hester Whyte




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. It is a two-year project co-funded by the European Union and implemented by partners representing academic institutions, marine planning authorities, and scientific public bodies, who will work together to share knowledge and ultimately build long-lasting cooperation in MSP.

The project will produce methodologies, practical guidance documents, communication tools, and a catalog of relevant information to assist the work of MSP authorities. These will be tested in specific pilot study areas. The work will culminate in an ‘Atlantic Vision’ – a roadmap for MSP in the European Atlantic marine region.

SIMAtlantic and the Maritime Spatial Planning Project