The TPEA project southern partners met at the DGPM headquarters, in Algés on Feb 4, 2014. A representative from the northern team partners was also present in an observer capacity. The current status of TPEA project was assessed in terms of the interim report and progress of the cross-border maritime spatial plans. The progress of the GIS related project activities were also discussed in addition to the implementation guidelines for the Geoportal for the two pilot areas. The next TPEA steering group meeting will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 18-19, 2014. http://www.dgpm.mam.gov.pt/Pages/not_tpea_sul.aspx

Catarina Fonseca from the University of Aveiro presented  a paper titled: Questões transfronteiriças no planeamento do espaço marítimo: da cooperação à colaboração (Border issues in maritime spatial planning: from cooperation to collaboration)at the 10ª Conferência Nacional do Ambiente – XII Congresso Nacional de Engenharia do Ambiente” held in Aveiro, Portugal from 6-8 November, 2013. The paper can be found here: Fonseca (2013) TPEA

Dr. Stephen Jay, Sarah Twomey and Cathal O’Mahony presented a TPEA poster and disseminated TPEA factsheets at the Celtic Seas Partnership Conference in Liverpool on Oct 30- 31, 2013. Led by WWF, the Celtic Seas Partnership is a LIFE+ funded project that is bringing together sea users, industry, governments and the scientific community across the Celtic Seas to find ways of working together that will achieve healthy and sustainable seas. More information on the Celtic Seas Partnership can be found at: http://www.celticseaspartnership.eu/

The MESMA Final Conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal from 8-10 October 2013. MESMA was an EU-FP7 project on monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed marine areas (2009-2013).  Sarah Twomey from the CMRC, University College Cork attended the conference and disseminated factsheets on behalf of the TPEA project.  More information on the conference can be found at: MESMA Final Conference.

Sarah Twomey, Kira Gee and Stephen Jay attended the MSP Research Network (MSPRN) seminar in Delmenhorst, Germany on behalf of the TPEA project on September 9-10, 2013. The Network brings together disciplinary interests from across the social and natural sciences, such as geography, political science, marine ecology and terrestrial planning. We seek to analyse and contribute to progress in MSP by applying different specialist perspectives and by working together in an interdisciplinary way.

Deputy Director General for Maritime Policy Margarida Almodovar presented the TPEA project at the experts join meeting MSP/ICZM, in Brussels, on July 2, 2013. TPEA_MSP_ICM_Experts_Brussels2014

Stephen Jay from the University of Liverpool presented the TPEA project at the Irish Sea Maritime Forum (ISMF) meeting in Glasgow on 21st May 2013. The forum brings together key stakeholders from the six Irish Sea jurisdictions, who aim “to encourage and maintain political support for transnational partnership working in support of marine planning, with the aim of promoting sustainable development in the Irish Sea region”. More information on the ISMF can be found at: http://www.irishseamaritimeforum.org/

Sarah Twomey from the Coastal and Marine Research Centre, University College Cork presented the TPEA project at the Conference of Irish Geographers in the National University of Ireland, Galway on 18th May 2013. Titled ‘Transformative Geographies: Critical Reflections on Environment, Sustainability and Governmentality’, the conference had a special session on marine spatial planning for the first time this year. More information on the conference available at: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=204

Deputy Director General for Maritime Policy Margarida Almodovar presented the TPEA project at the General Assembly of the Atlantic Arc Commission, in Portugal, Porto, on May 16-17, 2013. The Atlantic Arc Commission is one of the six Geographical Commissions in the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe, and its action, although specific to the requirements of its member Regions, is part of a more general framework, for more information see http://arcatlantique.org/index.php.

Deputy Director General for Maritime Policy Margarida Almodovar presented (TPEA_Blue-growth-in-the-Med.pdf) the TPEA project at the Conference “Blue Growth in the Mediterranean: Perspectives of Spain”, in Spain, Palma de Maiorca, on May 2-3, 2013. For some years now, the European Union has been promoting an Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) with the aim of offering a more coherent approach to maritime and marine affairs and an improved coordination between relevant actors and sectors. This conference aimed to present solutions to different issues about the potential of the seas and oceans for growth and jobs http://www.amiando.com/Med-BlueGrowth-ES.html?page=942331

Cathal O’Mahony from the CMRC, University College Cork was invited to present the TPEA project at the Irish Planning Conference in Belfast 26th April 2013. Titled ‘Achieving Competitiveness & Promoting Innovation – The Future Role of Planning’, the conference aimed to facilitate discussion around the changing role of planning particularly having regard to Local Government Reform in the south and Planning Reform in the north.  More information on the conference available at: http://planningconf13.ipi.ie/