Strong NIRAS presence in international conference on Maritime Spatial Planning

NIRAS has been working closely with the EC Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in the organisation of a large international conference on maritime spatial planning. 

This three-day conference will be held 15-17 March at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and gather policy makers, practitioners, representatives from academia, the private sector and non-governmental organisations to discuss progress and experiences of planning at sea from across the globe. This conference is one of the key deliverables of the ‘Study on international best practices of cross-border maritime spatial planning’, which NIRAS UK has been leading together with NIRAS Indevelop and a number of international partners. 

At the conference NIRAS will be represented by Damon Stanwell-Smith and Sara Mendéz Roldán of NIRAS UK and Gonçalo Carneiro of NIRAS Indevelop. The NIRAS-led consortium has been assigned two sessions on the second day of the conference, where it will present the results of the study, with particular emphasis on the findings from the four cases studies conducted in Rhode Island (USA), Xiamen (China), the Southern Ocean and the Indo-Pacific (Coral Triangle). A report of the study is currently under preparation, with public release expected before summer 2017.

More information about the conference is available at: