Dec 15, 2014

Solway Chosen as Case Study for Celtic Seas Partnership Project

The Solway has been chosen as a case study by the Celtic Seas Partnership Project.


Historically countries and marine users around the world have managed their seas and activities in isolation from each other; this doesn’t work for the marine environment. Seas can’t be defined by arbitrary lines on a map – a fish won’t stop swimming when it reaches a boundary.


For our seas to be healthy and activities to be sustainable, they need to be managed in a coordinated way that makes sense for the environment. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires countries to work together to manage the marine environment in a collaborative way.


The Celtic Seas Partnership Project aims to develop innovative and collaborative ways of working to feed into the Marine Strategy Framework Directive consultation process in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom whilst build understanding of the ecosystem approach to marine management.


The Project had identified three best practice case studies to showcase the sustainable solutions that are being developed by different marine activities and industries and to identify the potential for countries and industries in the Celtic Seas to work together and overcome conflict.  The Solway is a good example of cross-border governance in the Celtic Seas area.  It has been chosen to look at 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.  


For more information on the Celtic Seas Partnership Project visit the website.

Solway Firth Partnership