SIMAtlantic

Title

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

Start Year

2019

End Year

2021

Funding Body

Co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Coordinator

UCC

Research Area

Coastal and Marine Systems (linked to that area)

Key Contact(s)

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

Website

 SIMAtlantic

Introduction

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.