Marine Spatial Plan for Ireland

Posted December 13th, 2017

Minister Damien English and I published a roadmap for the development of Ireland’s first marine spatial plan (MSP). Marine Spatial Planning is a way of looking at how we use the marine area and planning how best to use it into the future. The MSP will try to balance the different demands for using the sea including the need to protect the marine environment.

It’s about planning when and where human activities take place at sea.  It’s about ensuring these activities are as efficient and sustainable as possible. Maritime spatial planning involves stakeholders in a transparent way in the planning of maritime activities. The MSP for Ireland, which will be developed over the next 3 years, will provide a coherent framework in which specific sectoral policies and objectives can be realised. It is intended to become a decision making tool for regulatory authorities and policy makers into the future in a number of ways.

“Ireland is a maritime nation and we derive so much of our cultural, social and economic identity from our relationship with the seas that surround us. We are fortunate to have one of the largest and richest marine resources of all EU Member States. We aim to double the value of our ocean wealth to 2.4% of GDP by 2030 and increase the turnover from our ocean economy to exceed €6.4bn by 2020.”

For more information, go here.