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: www.simatlantic.eu

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 catalogue 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.