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Blue Growth and Marine Spatial Planning

The Blue Growth & Marine Spatial Planning Scheme is established under Union Priority 6 (Integrated Maritime Policy) of Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme. It is co-funded by the Irish Government and the EU.

Operation 1 of the Scheme is providing technical and scientific support for the development of a Marine Spatial Plan for Ireland.  


The objective of the Scheme is to address a number of needs identified under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme. These include:

  • Improving data and knowledge generation, management and sharing; including the development of new products and services (e.g. Ireland Marine Atlas and delivery to EMODNET), in support of a range of policies and directives such as Common Fisheries Policy, Natura, Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Maritime Spatial Planning.
  • Collecting, collating and mapping accurate, up-to-date spatial and temporal information on marine ecosystems and human activities taking place within Ireland’s maritime domain to support marine spatial planning.
  • Developing strong marine spatial data analysis, modelling and decision support capabilities.
  • Developing integrated/coordinated marine and coastal planning and licensing in order to sustainably maximise the potential for Ireland’s ocean economy.
  • Better understanding the implication of climate change on ecosystem goods and services and human activities through monitoring and modelling.
  • Delivering social and economic development objectives, consistent with our environmental obligations and Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan – Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.

All Projects

This project will improve understanding of what marine data are available to form a basis for improved MSP-related products and decision support tools.

2018 to 2019

This project built on Data Discovery, Collation and Gap Analysis for Spatial Representation. This project aimed to provide up-to-date spatial and temporal information by filling in gaps in knowledge required to support MSP, regarding human activities, pressures, resource distribution etc.

2018 to 2019

This project reviewed the available modelling and decision support tools for MSP. These related to data provision, pressures and impacts of human activities. This project identified best practice technical tools in the Irish context.

2018 to 2019

This project explored and developed the evidence on climate change implications for MSP. A review of existing MSP was carried out to summarise best practice approaches for incorporating climate change in marine spatial plans.

2018 to 2019

The aim of this project is to ensure reliable data storage and management systems. This will provide assurance of the availability and versioning of data. Improved data archiving will support legislative compliance and reduce costs by only retaining data which are required.

2018 to 2019