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DIT hosts Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland

Posted: 12 May, 2016

Dublin Institute of Technology, McCabe Durney Barnes and Queens University Belfast have recently completed an EPA funded project on developing an Integrated Policy Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland.

DIT hosts Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland

Dublin Institute of Technology, in partnership with McCabe Durney Barnes and with assistance from Queens University Belfast, has recently completed an EPA funded project on developing an Integrated Policy Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland. This project included the production of a series of Recommendations for Preparing Maritime Spatial Plans in Ireland. The public launch of the Recommendations is taking place at the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Conference at DIT Grangegorman in Dublin on Thursday 02 June 2016.  To book, click HERE

The purpose of the Maritime Spatial Planning Conference is twofold;  

  • To launch the Recommendations for Preparing Maritime Spatial Plans document and outline the Implications of the Recommendations for Government Departments, Local and Regional Authorities, State Agencies and other Marine Stakeholders in Ireland
  • To explore the social and economic dimensions of Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland.

Final Conference Programe May 6th.

The Conference will commence with the launch of the Recommendations for preparing Maritime Spatial Planswith speakers from the project team (DIT / McCabe Durney Barnes) and an outline of the implications of these recommendations by Roger Harrington of the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government.

The launch is followed by a session, chaired by John Martin (Enablers Task Force on Marine Spatial Planning), with a key note address on the social dimensions of MSP by Dr Andreas Kannen of Centre for Materials & Coastal Research, Hamburg, Germany. Two case studies will also be presented – the first, (presented by Dr Wesley Flannery from Queens University Belfast) looks at the human dimension of the Celtic Seas Project and how to improve marine governance. The second case study (delivered by Dr Travis O’Doherty of the Eastern Region & Midlands Assembly) considers the Dublin Bay Strategic Management Framework. A workshop will then take place to examine how social issues can be addressed in Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland.

The afternoon session is chaired by Dr. Stephen Hynes (Socio Economic Marine Research Unit, NUI Galway). This session will focus on the economic dimensions of Maritime Spatial Planning through a key note address (by Dr Karyn Morrissey, University of Exeter). A European and an Irish case study will also be presented. The first case study explores the economic dimensions of the Marine Spatial Plan for the Belgian North Sea (presented by Dr Marijn Rabaut (Marine Consultant). The second case study considers a framework for coastal planning in Ireland (by Dr Linda McElduff, University of Ulster). A workshop will also examine how economic issues should be addressed in Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland.

Having regard to the importance of MSP as a management approach for marine and coastal areas and the requirement on Ireland (and all other EU states) to prepare Maritime Spatial Plans for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework in 2021, the conference is expected to generate significant national level attention with considerable interest among relevant Government Departments, Local and Regional Authorities, State Agencies, Representatives from Marine Economy Sectors, Universities and Third Level Institutes and other Marine Stakeholders. The Conference is also taking place on Marine Day during European Green Week as part of a network of events that will take place throughout Europe.

 

The Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning in Ireland is an Irish Planning Institute accredited event which accounts for 5 IPI CPD Credits.