The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires countries to work together to manage the marine environment in a collaborative way if our seas are to be healthy and activities, sustainable and they need to be managed in a coordinated way that makes sense for the environment.
The Celtic Seas Partnership Project aims to develop innovative and collaborative ways of managing in coordinated ways that makes sense for the environment – these will feed into the Marine Strategy Framework Directive consultation process in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The Project had identified three best practice case studies – how the co-location/sectoral interaction/transboundary challenges are being addressed with special reference to the role that Solway Firth Partnership plays.
Outcomes from this first stage of the case study work will be presented at a conference in Paris in May 2015.
Quite how this will fit with the Luce Bay SAC consultation which closes on the 2nd of February 2015 and which, if either, will take precedence is another matter.
For more information on the Celtic Seas Partnership Project visit the website.