Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA), co-funded by DG MARE, is developing a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border MSP in the European Atlantic region and will examine critical elements of the planning process in the context of legal and policy frameworks, participatory approaches and technical considerations. The TPEA project is a response to the European Commission’s call for a project on MSP in the Atlantic, including Celtic Sea and Bay of Biscay, and involves ten governmental and research partners from Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK, and expert advisors from the whole region are also actively involved. The project is carrying out cross-border planning exercises in two pilot sites, one in the north of the region (within the waters of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and another in the south Atlantic (within the waters of Spain and Portugal situated around Guadiana).

In a Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning (TMSP) process, the development of a common Geographic Information System (GIS) or Geoportal can facilitate cooperation between different countries through the integration and harmonisation of hardware, software, and data in order to capture, manage, analyze, and display geographically referenced information across borders.

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