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What next for PISCES?

The Celtic Seas Partnership

The end of 2012 saw the successful completion of the PISCES (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem) project – an international partnership co-funded by LIFE+ and WWF that brought together major sectors operating in the Celtic Sea and Western Channel to find a way to manage marine activities more sustainably.

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The project ended in December 2012 with a series of well-attended events and has received wide-ranging praise from sea-users, academics, government representatives and the European Commission.

Building on the success of PISCES, WWF-UK is now delivering the LIFE+ Celtic Seas Partnership project. This four year, €4m LIFE+ funded project will expand the partnership concept to a wider geographical area (including waters to the north and west of the UK and Ireland - the Celtic Seas) and explore a range of specific practical projects, tools and approaches to help improve governance and management.

This project runs from 2013 to the end of 2016 and again involves a wide range of stakeholders and partners in France, Ireland and the UK. The ultimate goal is to help achieve the standard of Good Environmental Status for the Celtic Seas region and provide learning and experiences that can be applied to other marine regions around the world.

We plan to hold a Celtic Seas conference in the autumn and we’ll be in touch with more information on this and the partnership soon.

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