Parallel Events and Organisations to

Irish Sea 2050 (IS-2050) Conference

(CPMR / CRPM) The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions is independent of EU institutions.

In its dealings with EU institutions and national governments the CPMR has, since 1973, been targeting its action towards ensuring the needs and interests of its member Regions are taken into account in all policies with a high territorial impact. In particular, the CPMR is striving to ensure a strong EU regional policy targeted at all of Europe’s regions and is also working towards the delivery of an integrated maritime policy designed to contribute towards Europe’s economic growth.

Around 150 regions have come together to form the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR). They are from 28 countries and represent almost 200 million people. They work together to promote their common interests among the EU institutions and national governments, and cooperate on practical projects with a view to enhancing their assets.

MAREN2 is an interregional project co-financed by the Atlantic Area Transnational Programme and included in the 2007-2013 Atlantic Area (AA) Programme. Its main objective is to speed up the exploitation of the renewable energy potential of the marine and coastal environment and protecting, securing and enhancing its sustainability. MAREN2 is strongly based on the previous project MAREN1 (Marine Renewable Energy Extraction and Hydro-environmental Aspects), supported by 2000-2006 Atlantic Area Programme.

The North West Coastal Forum is a multi-sector partnership bringing together coastal stakeholders from across the North West to work together across boundaries to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for coastal communities in North West England.

We work with partners from a wide range of different sectors across the North West as well as nationally and internationally on a variety of projects and policy issues. We are governed by a Management Board made up of over 25 representatives from coastal stakeholder organisations.

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 mandated the development of marine planning in UK waters and this approach is also recommended by the EU’s maritime policy. However in the Irish Sea there are 6 different national administrations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales together with the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland), all at different stages of development re marine planning. In order to facilitate good dialogue and pre-empt potential conflicts, in 2011 the North West Coastal Forum partnered with Liverpool University and the National Oceanography Centre to organise and facilitate a series of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded workshops bringing together planners from all 6 administrations to network and share information.

The objectives of the workshops included reviewing existing transnational partnership initiatives in the Irish Sea in order to consider how these relate to the future needs of marine spatial planning and to identify potential gaps; and to develop an agreed plan of action to foster improved transnational partnership working in support of national level marine spatial planning and a joined up approach to action in the Irish Sea.

Following the two meetings, an overview report was prepared by Sue Kidd of the University of Liverpool; this includes summaries of stakeholder discussions and next steps to be taken by stakeholders to facilitate further transnational partnership working in the Irish Sea.

Irish Sea Conservation Zones was a project to help secure a healthy and productive future for the coast and waters of the Irish Sea. The project worked to recommend parts of the Irish Sea project area for a new form of marine protection called Marine Conservation Zones. The final recommendations for 19 Marine Conservation Zones in the project area were passed to government advisory bodies in August 2011.

The Celtic Seas Partnership is an international project that is part funded by LIFE+, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The project is being delivered for and by the stakeholders of the Celtic Seas. WWF-UK, SeaWeb Europe, University of Liverpool, Dublin Regional Authority and NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) are working in partnership to coordinate and facilitate the project. The project also has an Observer Board and Expert Advisory Group set up to give support and guidance.

The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (also known in short as DG MARE) is the Commission department responsible for the implementation of the Common Fisheries policy and of the Integrated Maritime Policy. With a staff of about 400, led by Director-General Lowri Evans and based in Brussels, DG MARE is made up of 6 Directorates dealing with all aspects of both policies, including among others conservation, control, market measures, structural actions and international relations relating to fisheries. DG MARE reports to Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) The Institute was set up in 2008 with a £5.1 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council For Wales (HEFCW), to unite and promote energy research in Wales, UK to help deliver a low carbon future. The multidisciplinary LCRI aims to support the energy sector, UK and globally, to develop low carbon generation, storage, distribution and end use technologies and practices, and to provide policy analysis and advice. LCRI’s research is supported by a wide range of competitive contracts from the Research Councils, Industry and Government.

Atlantic Action Plan. As part of the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan, the European Commission invites stakeholders to share their practical knowledge and ideas at the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference.

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) The 2015 ISMF conference is held in the context of Irish Sea Maritime Forum Partnership Working in Support of Marine Spatial Planning in the Irish Sea. As recently as July 2014 the European Parliament and the Council adopted legislation to create a common framework for maritime spatial planning in Europe where each EU country is free to plan its own maritime activities through a set of minimum common requirements for shared seas. MSP relates to human activities at sea and to ensure these are as efficient and sustainable as possible and transparently involves stakeholders in their planning for maritime activities including Aquaculture; Coastal Tourism; Blue Biotechnology; Ocean Energy; Seabed Mining.

SEACAMS: Innovation Centre. The Marine Centre Wales is being built in Menai Bridge as part of the SEACAMS project. The new centre will provide easy access for businesses to academic knowledge, laboratory space, small boats for inshore work, the RV Prince Madog and other university facilities.

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