SIMCelt – Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas

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Funding Body



University College Cork

Research Area

Coastal & Marine Systems

Key Contact

Anne Marie O’Hagan


Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas (SIMCelt) is a two-year project that aims to enhance cross-border cooperation between the Member States on the implementation of the Marine Spatial Planning Directive (MSP). MSP is broadly defined as a process by which . . . Member States authorities analyze and organize human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives. Comprising a mix of governmental authorities and academic institutes, planners and researchers, from Ireland, France, and the UK, SIMCelt aims to develop a suite of practitioner focussed, ecosystem-based tools to assess the current and future spatial demands and collective environmental pressures, of traditional and emerging maritime sectors. Addressing effective strategic and jurisdictional barriers, SIMCelt also aims to enhance transnational co-operation on the management of collective pressures to ensure sustainable use of marine resources and support the development of individual national maritime spatial plans that are coherent across the entire Celtic Seas region.


Final – Signposting document

Transboundary Cooperation in the Celtic Seas – Reflections from the SIMCelt project. Final version March 2018, University of Liverpool. 

Initial Assessment: Developing an Overview

Overview Assessment: Summary Information on Marine Aspects of the Celtic Seas (D1), Final version February 2017, UCC.

Spatial demands and scenarios for maritime sectors and marine conservation

Data and Information requirements for MSP

Stakeholder Engagement

Report on Potential Approaches for Stakeholder Engagement on MSP – Pilot Testing at Local Transboundary Scale (D9), Final version March 2018, Scottish Government.

Establish case Studies on Approaches to MSP Implementation

D12.1: Initial comparison of requirements of, and differences between, primary UK legislation pertinent to marine planning. Final version March 2018. Scottish Government.

D12.2: References to marine and coastal planning within Local Development Plans relevant to the Solway Firth. Final version March 2018. Scottish Government.

D12.3: Report on Sectoral Interactions around the Solway Firth in relation to marine planning. Final version March 2018. Scottish Government.

D12.4: Particular cross border issues for the Solway Firth. Final version March 2018. Scottish Government.

D12.5: Options for the Solway Marine Region in terms of marine planning. Final version March 2018. Scottish Government.

Development of Cooperation on MSP

Existing Mechanisms for Cooperation on MSP in the Celtic Seas (D14), Final version March 2018, UCC.

Evaluation of the MSP Process

Evaluation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Process (D15), Final version March 2018, University of Liverpool.

For items in bold  please contact Anne Marie O’Hagan – E: ei.ccu@nagaho.a

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