SIMCelt Project
Robin Rigg

What is SIMCelt?


The EU funded SIMCelt Project is a collaboration between organisations in the UK, France and Ireland. SIMCelt stands for Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas and is designed to further the implementation on Maritime Spatial Planning (EU Directive).


The SIMCelt project aims to:


  • Understand current and future demands relevant to transboundary issues and areas.
  • Consider data-specific barriers to transboundary cooperation.
  • Develop approaches to stakeholder engagement during marine planning.
  • Consider potential options for transboundary cooperation and collaboration. 



The project aims to understand and apply the ecosystems based approach to marine planning as well as considering human governance issues that may arise in a cross-border area. Marine planning issues at the Solway Firth scale will be considered along with appropriate methods for stakeholder engagement. The requirements of relevant primary and secondary legislation will be assessed as part of the project, as well as further developing best practice guidelines. 


Relevance to the Solway Firth


A key case study will investigate the Solway Firth, which is a unique marine ecosystem on the boundary between England and Scotland. As such, the Firth's southern boundary is subject to the English North West Marine Planning Area under the jurisdiction of the Marine Management Organisation.  The northern Scottish area of the Firth falls under the Marine Scotland Act 2010 and the Scottish National Marine Plan.

The third SIMCelt newsletter can be viewed here 

The second SIMCelt newsletter can be viewed here


The official SIMCelt website can be reached here 


Sign up here for the SIMCelt closing conference taking place in Liverpool on the 28th and 29th November 2017.


Key results from the SIMCelt project will be shared

  • SIMCelt data portal
  • Stakeholder engagement techniques
  • Future scenarios for development in the Celtic Seas
  • Using an ecosystem based approach and how to consider cumulative impacts


If you are a stakeholder with an interest in marine plannning around the Solway and want to take part in our Sectoral Interactions project, please email for more details

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