SIMCelt Project

What is SIMCelt?

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

The SIMCelt project aimed 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 aimed 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 were considered along with appropriate methods for stakeholder engagement. The requirements of relevant primary and secondary legislation were assessed as part of the project, as well as further developing best practice guidelines.

Relevance to the Solway Firth

A key case study investigated 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 final March 2018 SIMCelt newsletter can be viewed here
The July 2017 SIMCelt newsletter can be viewed here
The February 2017 SIMCelt newsletter can be viewed here 

The October 2016 SIMCelt newsletter can be viewed here

The official SIMCelt website can be reached here and you can view the reports from the Solway Firth case study here. Scroll down the page until you reach Case Study #3 Planning Across Borders