Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Celtic Seas

The Celtic Seas Partnership is a pioneering €4m European Community LIFE+ project that brings together sea-users, scientists and governments to help achieve healthy and sustainable seas in the Celtic Seas Marine Region which includes the western seaboard of the UK and Republic of Ireland, the coasts and territorial waters to the north of Scotland and south to Brittany in northern France.

The project runs until December 2016 and is led by WWF-UK. The other project partners are University of Liverpool and the Natural Environment Research Council (British Oceanographic Data Centre; UK), Dublin Regional Authority (Republic of Ireland) and SeaWeb (France).

The project, which builds on the previous PISCES project will support the implementation of EU environmental and maritime policy, using a stakeholder-led approach to contribute to the development of marine strategies, particularly under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) for the achievement of good environmental status of marine waters.

It will involve developing appropriate stakeholder engagement mechanisms and building stakeholder capacity to enable them to support delivery of integrated management, to reduce conflicts between coastal and marine-resource users and to enhance the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Celtic Seas Marine Region. During the project a series of workshops, conferences and pilot studies will take place to develop and share best practice models and tools. The lessons learned and best practice can then be applied to other regional seas in EU maritime waters.

The views, knowledge and experience of stakeholders will be instrumental in driving the project forwards. The project has been designed in a way that allows those who choose to get involved to help shape the direction and outputs.

 The first Celtic Seas Conference will take place in Liverpool in autumn 2013 – the date will shortly be announced here on the NWCF website and on the Celtic Seas Partnership website  

Sue Kidd and Dr Lynne McGowan are leading on the project for Liverpool University and the North West Coastal Forum is pleased to announce we have a formal arrangement working with the university to help to deliver the project; Caroline Salthouse of NWCF is one of two English Stakeholder Engagement Officers and will be the main point of contact for North West of England stakeholders. Caroline can be contacted on tel: 0151 934 2966 email:

For more information visit Celtic Seas Partnership website , where you can sign up for the project newsletter, or download the briefing note below:

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Celtic Seas Partnership is an EC Life+ project with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. Project number: LIFE11/ENV/UK/392


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