EU projects


The SIMWESTMED (“Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Western Mediterranean region”) project brought together a number of partners – research organisations, marine planning authorities and marine management bodies – who have extensive experience with regard to maritime planning, policy and management. The SIMWESTMED project focused on two key objectives: Support the implementation of the Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning in Member States’ marine waters; Launch and carry out concrete, cross-border MSP cooperation between Member States in the Western Mediterranean region. SIMWESTMED partners addressed both key objectives through a variety of tasks, including: literature and desktop research; future trend analysis; collaborative scenario development; practitioner/stakeholder interview; development of case studies; and stakeholder engagement mechanisms. Other tasks included: Understanding current and potential future demands relevant to transboundary areas and issues (including the analysis of key maritime sectors and marine conservation demands); Access to data and data-specific barriers to transboundary cooperation; Development and testing of approaches to stakeholder engagement within marine planning processes in relation to transboundary areas and issues; and, consideration of potential options for transboundary cooperation in preparing maritime spatial plans.