Minister to address Waterford public event on marine planning

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Kilmore Quay, Wexford

Kilmore Quay, Wexford

All are welcome to attend the event including stakeholders, decision-makers, implementing bodies and everyone who cares about Ireland's marine area

Minister of State Damien English will be in Waterford on Tuesday, 2 October to speak at a public event on marine planning at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). The event, which starts at 9.30am, is the first in a series of regional events being held by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to mark the release of the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) Baseline Report.

All are welcome with booking through Eventbrite.

This document is the first formal dialogue and a major step towards the preparation of a marine spatial plan for Ireland. The purpose of the Baseline Report is to set out the context in which the marine spatial plan is being developed - ie the current situation in Ireland’s seas and what is happening where in terms of fisheries, aquaculture, renewable energy, tourism, sport, the environment etc - and to help identify the key issues marine planning will need to address.

Ireland's NMPF is being developed to:

  • Give coastal communities and other stakeholders a clear role in determining how we plan for current and future uses and treatment of our marine territory;
  • Reduce conflicts between sectors and create synergies between different activities;
  • Encourage investment by creating predictability, transparency and clearer rules;
  • Increase cross-border co-operation between EU countries to develop energy grids, shipping lanes, pipelines, submarine cables and other activities;
  • Develop coherent networks of protected areas;
  • Support sustainability through early identification of impact and opportunities for multiple uses of space.

The event on October 2nd will be introduced by the Minister and moderated by broadcaster Shane Coleman. The Department will give a brief presentation on the Baseline Report and this will be followed by an international perspective on marine planning from Mary McNeill from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland who will tell us about their MSP process. Finally, there will be a panel discussion featuring Michael Walsh, Waterford County Council; Marian Troy, SSE; Trudy McIntyre of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum, Susan Steele of the SFPA and a representative from the environmental sector TBC.

Ultimately, Ireland's NMPF will be the key decision-making tool for regulatory authorities and policy-makers into the future in a number of ways including, decisions on individual consent applications. Stakeholder and public participation is a key facet of the development of the framework and the publication of the Baseline Report has kickstarted a public consultation that will run for three months until midday Friday 14th December 2018.

For stakeholders, decision-makers, implementing bodies and everyone who cares about Ireland's marine area, this report and these regional events are a key step in the process of developing the NMFP and all are welcome to attend. To book go to [url=https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/launch-of-the-national-marine-planning-framework-baseline-report-in-waterford-tickets-50224274156?ref=estw]https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/launch-of-the-national-marine-planning-framework-baseline-report-in-waterford-tickets-50224274156?ref=estw[/url] or for more see https://www.housing.gov.ie/planning/maritime-spatial-planning/maritime-spatial-planning-directive/maritime-spatial-planning or Twitter: @MSP_Ireland

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