Public Consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework
Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Damien English have published the Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) for public consultation.
Why we are launching this consultation?
The Draft NMPF is Ireland’s first marine planning framework and it applies to a broad range of marine activities including aquaculture, offshore renewable energy, sea fisheries and tourism. It provides a long-term framework for effective management of marine activities and more sustainable use of our marine resources. It is intended to enable Government to set a clear direction for managing our seas, clarify objectives and priorities, and direct decision makers, users and stakeholders towards more strategic, plan-led and efficient use of marine resources.
The NMPF will inform decisions about current and future development of the maritime area, aiming to integrate various sectoral needs within the three overarching pillars of forward planning (economic, environmental and social).
In broad terms the Draft NMPF is based around:
- Marine planning objectives
- Marine planning policies, and
- Supporting actions required to achieve (1) and (2) above.
The plan does not set out a hierarchy of activities. It does, however, set out supporting policies in respect of aquaculture, defence, energy, fisheries, mining and aggregates, ports harbours & shipping, telecommunications cables, tourism, safety at sea, sport & recreation, and waste-water treatment and disposal.
Regional public events are being held to promote awareness and facilitate public and stakeholder participation on the Draft NMPF. Details of the events arranged to date are as follows (note that two separate sessions are being held on each date):
|21/11/2019||14:00 – 16:00||Greenhills Hotel, Limerick|
|21/11/2019||18:00 – 20:00||Greenhills Hotel, Limerick|
|26/11/2019||14:00 – 16:00||Town Hall, Westport|
|26/11/2019||18:00 – 20:00||Town Hall, Westport|
|02/12/2019||14:00 – 16:00||Connaught Hotel, Galway|
|02/12/2019||18:00 – 20:00||Connaught Hotel, Galway|
|10/12/2019||14:00 – 16:00||Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee|
|10/12/2019||18:00 – 20:00||Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee|
Details for further events to be held in Killybegs, Bantry, Dungarvan, Dublin, and Wexford, will be made available in due course at www.marineplan.gov.ie, Twitter @MSP_Ireland and by email to those on our contact list
How to get involved?
Make a Submission
The Department invites submissions on the Draft NMPF. The consultation period closes at 12:00 noon on 28th February 2020. You can make a submission by:
Email to the following address only firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Writing to the following address:
Draft NMPF Submissions,
Marine Planning Section,
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,
Accessible version of video
Terms and Conditions
All submissions and comments submitted to the Department for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007- 2014. Submissions are also subject to Data Protection legislation.
Personal, confidential or commercially sensitive information should not be included in your submission and it will be presumed that all information contained in your submission is releasable under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.
What we will do with your Response
Responses will inform the further development of the National Marine Planning Framework. Please note that submissions received may be made available on the Department’s website. In any event, all submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection legislation. See also the Privacy Statement under the Documents link above.