Caring about the future

TPEA - Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic
Coordinator - Stephen Jay
CESAM Responsible researcher - Fátima Lopes Alves
Programme - EU MARE/2012/08 (Project on Maritime Spatial Planning in the Atlantic, including Celtic Sea and Bay of Biscay)
Execution dates - 2012-12-01 - 2014-04-30 (17 Months)
Funding Entity - European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime; Unit MARE-E-1 (DGMARE)
Funding for CESAM - 123.249 €
Total Funding - 999.997 €
Proponent Institution - University of Liverpool (UK)
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Directorate General for Marine Policy (DGPM - PT)
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA - SP)
Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (UK)
University College Cork (Ireland)
University of Algarve (UAlg - PT)
Spanish Institute of Oceanography (SP)
University of Seville (SP)

Project Description

 The objectives of Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic are as follows.

1. Based on an overall study of the conditions (legal, administrative, technical and social), and in the development of pilot studies in transboundary areas, to develop recommendations for a cross-border MSP process for application within project region sea areas that are characterised by multiple demands and potentials, which:

  • Is consistent with the principles of the Roadmap for MSP

  • Is ecosystem-based

  • Provide greater certainty for investment in maritime industries

  • Fully involves relevant governmental bodies

  • Harmonises with the emergent MSP systems of relevant member states

  • Responds to the maritime policy priorities of relevant member states

  • Recognises the autonomy of member states in developing MSP and the voluntary nature of cross-border initiatives

  • Engages fully with stakeholder concerns.

2. To demonstrate the wider potential for cross-border MSP via:

  • Dissemination of experience from the project

  • Formulation of recommendations for overcoming barriers and progressing cross-border MSP.

3. To investigate the relationship between MSP and ICZM and recommend means for their closer integration.

The TPEA project concerns that part of the Atlantic as defined by OSPAR areas III, IV and V.  This is referred to below as the project region.  Five member states have jurisdiction over waters in this region: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.  The geographical focus of the project is those areas where coastal and marine transboundary interactions take place between these member states.

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CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020