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DIT to host national planning meeting on future of the marine

Posted: 4 October, 2018

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is holding an event in DIT Grangegorman on 23 October to give coastal communities and stakeholders an opportunity to have their say in the future sustainable development of the marine.

Engineering - Marine Planning Event 2018

The event will mark the release of the Baseline report for the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF), which 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 cooperation between EU countries to develop energy grids, shipping lanes, pipelines, submarine cables and other activities, but also to develop coherent networks of protected areas;
  • Support sustainability through early identification of impact and opportunities for multiple uses of space.

In order to create places and spaces where people can work, live and enjoy, those with an interest in the future of the marine are invited to attend to have their say in the marine planning process and the development of the NMPF.

The event will be introduced by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English TD and moderated by renowned Irish surfer Easkey Britton. The Department will give a brief presentation on the Baseline Report and this will be followed by an international perspective on marine planning by Lodewijk Abspoel from the Netherlands. Finally, there will be a panel discussion featuring Conor Norton (DIT), Sinead McCoy (Clean Coasts), John Leech (Irish Water Safety), Enda O Coineen (Yachstman) and a representative of Irish Lights.

This report and these regional events are a key step in the process of developing the NMFP. 


Tuesday 23 October

St Laurence’s Church, DIT Grangegorman

To register for the event, click here.

For more information on the NMPF, visit here or follow us on Twitter: @MSP_Ireland