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Best Practice Guidelines

The Celtic Seas Partnership project worked with stakeholders and experts to produce a set of three guides that represent best practice from a range of sectors across UK, Ireland and France.

© Jiri Rezac / WWF UK

The three guidelines are:

1. Encouraging effective marine management and decision-making across borders
This document looks at how countries can work together across borders effectively and makes recommendations for effective mechanisms of transboundary governance.

2. Encouraging harmonious co-existence of marine renewables projects with other marine uses and interests
This document looks at how marine renewables projects can co-exist harmoniously with other marine uses and interests. In particular, it focuses on how different stakeholders can brought together constructively to deliver healthy, sustainable and productive seas.

  • NEF Consulting to conduct a socio-economic benefits assessment of these guidelines which can be accessed here

3. Encouraging positive interaction and preventing conflicts between marine stakeholders
This document looks at how different marine users can find ways to co-exist harmoniously and avoid conflicts.

The guidelines are designed to support people in better managing their activities in the Celtic Seas. They include advice on the difficulties of working across borders and sectors and the co-location of marine renewables with other marine industries and.

To develop the guidelines the project used a number of case studies from across the Celtic Seas including the governance of the Loughs Agency in Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland, the Sabella D10 Energy Project in France and the Fish Map Môn project in Wales (to name a few!)

The guidelines were also reviewed and informed by the people that attended project workshops and members of the project’s Observer Board and Expert Advisory Group.

Download the Best Practice Guidelines