SIMWESTMED is intended to support implementation of the MSP Directive by Member States of Spain, France, Italy and Malta within their marine waters in the Western Mediterranean region (Key Objective l), and to contribute to supporting cross-border cooperation between MS in relation to implementation of the MSP Directive (Key Objective 2). Use of any output/outcomes of the project will be decided by individual Member States (MS), as determination of any approach to maritime spatial planning lies with MS for their respective marine areas.
As this project is developed simultaneously with MSP Directive implementation and the partners of the project are involved in such process, the connection and benefits between both actions will be ensured.
For France, the maritime policies are embedded in a Ministry, MTES, and the management of the maritime policies is organized by “sea basin”. The Shom, (Responsible of the safety of the navigation and in charge of the description of the marine physical environment), the CEREMA, (Expertise Center on Risks studies, Environment, Mobility and space planning) and the FBA (French Biodiversity Agency) are the main organizations involved in the MSP process, with the MTES and the SGMer (Secretariat General to the Sea), office of the prime Minister in charge of coordination of maritime policies. At each sea basin level, a couple of maritime and terrestrial Prefets implement the MSP Directive, supporting by the coordination of the DlRMs (Marine Interregional Direction, region Mediterranean).
In Spain, two organizations, already involved in the Maritime Strategy Framework Directive process are delegated by the Environment Ministry, MAPAMA, in charge of the MSP process, the CEDEX and the IEO. The organization for the MSP is in process.
In Italy, the Ministries of Transport, MIT, in charge of MSP, and Environment, MATTM, and the CORILA (Consortium of scientific organizations mandated by the Ministry of transport to work in the MSP process) are partners of the project. Italy is in the process to implement the MSP Directive.
In Malta, PA, the Planning Authority is our partner in the project, in charge of MSP implementation with the experience of an already existing marine plan to be updated.
Because France and Spain have maritime coasts in Atlantic and in the Mediterranean, a crosschecking of the information is organized within the Atlantic MSP project SIMNORAT, to elaborate planning strategies taking into account the specificities of each sea basin and preserving national equity between each of them.
Taking into account that Italy has coastal and maritime zones in the West and East Mediterranean area, interrelations are put in place with the Eastern Mediterranean project, SUPREME, to allow a global picture of the Mediterranean situation and to contribute to interoperability of the tools in the whole EU Mediterranean basin.
Moreover, the Regions are in charge of a lot of competencies directly linked to MSP process. As it was clearly not possible to involve all the regions in the project, the CPMR, association of I60 Maritime regions in Europe, which is active in the areas of ICM/MSP, will therefore ensure link with this important level of governance.
In the other hand, the EU member states of the Mediterranean Basin have the particularity to have to apply both the MSP process and the ICM protocol of the UNEP/MAP, signed by their countries and by the European Union.
To develop a strategy for the application of these obligations, the UNEP/MAP is a partner of the west Mediterranean project.
The project will consider the PELAGOS agreement among Italy, France and Monaco for the protection of the marine mammals within the Case studies activities.
SIMWESTMED will achieve this by focusing on a number of activities that reflect and respond to perceived needs as set out in the call for proposals of DG Mare, and also identified by the current priorities of the MSP authorities whose remit impacts in the Western Mediterranean region, including national and devolved administrations, which will be directly involved as participants in the action.