This sub-component will explore potential mechanisms for supporting cooperation between planning authorities on maritime spatial plans for further consideration by the Member States (MS) whose marine area includes part of SIMNORAT region. C1.2. will consider what level of cooperation is required by MS and the extent to which this currently is or can be met through existing measures. Existing mechanisms include requirements under the Strategic Enviromnental Assessment (SEA) Directive and Aarhus Convention, initiatives such as FAO, and existing networks, e.g. Atlantic Action Plan.
It must be emphasised that the practical application of enhanced cooperation will be realised also through all the other sub-components. This in turn will inform on-going working and any consensus developed between participants on the approach to future cooperation. The outcomes of some significant case studies will be presented to the Steering Committee for consideration.