Drawing people together to set up innovative approaches to managing their marine environment. An international project funded by LIFE+, the EU's funding investment for the environment.
Partners, organisations and stakeholders involved:
900 stakeholders these come from: government, statutory agencies, academia, fisheries, renewables, leisure, shipping, ports and angling.
- University of Liverpool
- British Oceanographic Data Centre (NERC)
- SeaWeb (France)
- East and Midland Authority (Ireland)
Aims of the project/initiative:
To support the delivery of Good Environmental Status in the Celtic Seas - facilitating engagement between sectors and across borders to ensure the long term future of the environment while safeguarding people's livelihoods and the communities that have a relationship with the sea.
- Draw people together from across the Celtic seas to set up collaborative and innovative approaches to managing their marine environment
- Put people that use the sea at the heart of management - offering them the opportunity to influence how their marine environment will be managed in years to come
- Increase stakeholder understanding of marine policy and approaches to marine management
- Build and develop relationships between sectors and countries in the Celtic Seas
- Influence management practises between sectors and countries in the Celtic seas
- Increase stakeholder involvement in marine policy and decision making
- Improve the availability of Celtic Seas scale information to aid MSFD implementation and improve management practises
Challenges and lessons learned:
There is different policy and social contexts in different countries so, it is advisable to have a tailored approach to each, and to have engaged with local stakeholders and governments.