News Archive

  • June, 2014
  • New Transboundary MSP Publications available
    As the TPEA project is coming to a close, we have uploaded a number of new publication to our website. These include TPEA deliverables such as reports and Factsheets, in addition to a host of presentations from the European Maritime Day in Bremen last month. For more information and details follow this link:
  • Transboundary MSP: A systematic approach to evaluation
    One of the objectives of TPEA was to develop recommendations for a systematic approach to the evaluation of transboundary MSP in the TPEA pilot areas. This includes the formulation of indicative evaluation criteria, their application to key aspects of the TPEA planning process, as well as the development of recommendations for transboundary MSP evaluation in the pilot areas beyond the lifetime of TPEA itself. This report presents the results of this work. For more information follow this link:
  • TPEA Project Showcase at the European Maritime Day 2014
    TPEA held its Project Showcase event at the European Maritime Day in Bremen on May 20th 2014, marking the end of this 18-month DG MARE initiative . This event provided a great opportunity to learn about our transboundary maritime spatial planning exercise for the European Atlantic. For more information follow this link:
  • April, 2014
  • The final stakeholder workshop of the TPEA project took place last week in Ghan House, Carlingford, Co. Louth. To date, stakeholder input and participation in the project has been invaluable in shaping and informing the activities of the project. Over 30 stakeholders from north and south had the opportunity to input on the final outputs of the project as it moves towards its conclusion next month at the European Maritime Day in Bremen. . For more information follow this link:
  • January, 2014
  • Blue Growth in the European Atlantic: The aim of this study was to examine in closer detail the individual development patterns of the maritime industries within the European Union and their prospects for future development. Within the framework of this present study the state of play and growth of five countries has been evaluated: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, bordering the Atlantic Arc.  For full details of this report and associated documents see:
  • December, 2013
  • The European Parliament voted on December 12th 2013 to support the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) – a cornerstone policy of the EU’s Blue Growth agenda. The Parliament gave strong support for the Commission’s objective to set out a procedural framework for MSP and ICM that will ensure their implementation throughout Europe. It also confirmed the requirement for Member States to cooperate in the planning of cross-border sea areas. More information available: here
  • The World Ocean Council (WOC) and The Nautical Institute (NI) have jointly produced a guide to assist maritime professionals to better understand and engage in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). The guidance will also help MSP proponents understand shipping industry requirements in relation to management of ocean areas. With this guidance document, “The Shipping Industry and Marine Spatial Planning: A Professional Approach”, WOC and the NI are working to ensure that maritime professionals can readily become more informed and involved in MSP, particularly at the local level. The guide provides an introduction to MSP and an overview of key shipping-related issues to need to be considered as MSP moves forward in various parts of the world. More information available: here
  • November, 2013
  • The 7th edition of the European Maritime Day Conference (EMD) which will be held in Bremen (Germany) on 19 and 20 May 2014, has been launched officially in a stakeholders meeting in Brussels on November 21, 2013. The meeting was hosted by the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union. More information available: here
  • Inshore Ireland interview with Francis O’Donnell, Federation of Irish Fishermen: Maritime spatial planning is an important concept but what does it actually mean? The language itself can be technical and jargoned for those not attached to the various marine sectors. In the main it means having a plan to share our marine space between stakeholders interested and involved in commercial fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, ecosystem conservation, hydrocarbon extraction, renewable energy, marine tourism and leisure. Demand for space in the marine environment across Europe is increasing, as we turn to the sea to answer the many economic challenges we are facing. As the demand grows for that space, conflict will surely follow. It is envisioned that maritime spatial planning will attempt to reduce potential friction between sectors and identify sustainable uses of the maritime space with climate change being a fundamental pillar to guide this process. More information available: here
  • June, 2013:
  • European Commission launches stakeholder workshops on Maritime Spatial Planning.
    On 14 June 2013, the European Commission organised a workshop on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and energy (oil and gas, offshore wind energy and ocean renewable energy sectors) in Dublin. This event was the first in a series of stakeholder workshops assessing the benefits and challenges of MSP for specific maritime sectors and activities. read more...
  • May, 2013:
  • European Commission unveils maritime strategy for the Atlantic.
    The European Commission has today adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area. The Action Plan follows from the Atlantic Strategy the Commission adopted in 2011. read more...
  • March, 2013:
  • Maria da Luz and the TPEA team from the University of Aveiro presented a TPEA paper entitled: Establishment of a Guidance Framework for Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning at the Transboundary Water Management across borders and interfaces: present and future challenges International Conference in Aveiro, Portugal (16-20 March, 2013). The paper can be accessed here: Fernandes_TWAM_2013
  • The TPEA project enjoyed its official launch as part of the programme for the Atlantic Strategy Forum held in Cork, Ireland. Dr. Stephen Jay addressed an audience comprising over 200 representatives from across Europe with participants from Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France and the UK coming together to discuss an Action Plan for the European Union Atlantic Strategy 2014-2020. Click here to view the full presentation.
  • Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management: read more...
  • January, 2013:
  • Stephen Jay presented the project to the Environment Committee of the International Navigation Association (PIANC) in Brussels. The members showed a strong interest in maritime spatial planning and its potential for helping to mediate between environmental and economic interests, not least in sea areas heavily used for shipping.
  • December, 2012:
  • The kick-off and the first meeting of the Steering Group "Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic - TPEA" developed among the five member states of the Atlantic Area (Portugal, Spain, France, UK and Ireland) and led by the University of Liverpool. TPEA was launched by the European Commission through DGMare for the development of a project on Maritime Spatial Planning focus on transboundary issues and the articulation with Integrated Coastal Zone Management.