Marine Spatial Planning Poster Competition 2023

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How would you like to see our seas and oceans being used in the future? Show us by entering our poster competition! 

We are delighted to launch the Green-Schools Marine Spatial Planning Poster Competition 2023 “What I’d like to see for the Sea”. This competition is open to Primary and Secondary Schools working on the Global Citizenship Marine Environment theme in the 2023 – 2024 academic year, and those that have achieved their Marine flag already. The deadline for entries is Friday 24th November 2023, and there are some great prizes to be won! 

The aim of this competition is to find out how the students of Ireland want our seas and oceans to be used in the future. In 2021, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, who support this competition, published Ireland’s Marine Spatial Plan – also known as the National Marine Planning Framework. The National Marine Planning Framework brings together all marine-based human activities for the first time and aims to balance the different demands for the sea, including the need to protect the marine environment. Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) involves looking at how we use marine areas and planning how best to use them into the future, as well as ensuring that human activities at sea are as efficient and sustainable as possible. Click here to download our Marine Spatial Planning factsheet or download the competition’s promotional poster! You can find out more about the National Marine Planning Framework at  

Download our Marine Spatial Planning Factsheet

Download our Competition Poster

So how do you think our oceans should be used in the future?

Do you envision more recreation – more swimming, paddleboarding and surfing? Do you think we should harness the ocean’s energy and create electricity from waves? Do you think we could create more tourism around our seas? Should there be more fishing, using bigger boats, or less fishing, and smaller boats? Include things that you feel are important to our oceans, like coastal communities, protected areas for animals to live in, and ways of tackling marine litter. We want to hear from you! 

How to enter: 

  1. Click here to download the Terms and Conditions, for full entry rules. 

  2. Create an A3 size poster on the theme “What I’d like to see for the Sea”. 

  3. Entries can be accepted from individual students only (no group entries!), and there is a limit of one poster per student.

There are four age categories:  

  • Infants (Junior – Senior Infants) 

  • Junior Primary (1st – 3rd class) 

  • Senior Primary (4th – 6th class)  

  • Secondary School (1st – 6th Year) 

Original entries must be posted to the address below: 

Green-Schools Marine Competition,

An Taisce, Tailors’ Hall,

Back Lane,  Dublin 8,  D08 X2A3.

All entries must contain the following information written clearly on the back of each individual poster:  

  • Student’s name 

  • Student’s class or year (e.g. 1st class, TY etc.),  

  • The age category the poster is being entered under. 

  • School’s full address including county and EirCode. 

  • School’s phone number 

For full details on how to enter, see the Terms and Conditions. 

If you have any questions related to competition, please contact Jennifer at 

Don’t forget to share your school’s poster ideas and inspiration with us on social media by tagging @GreenSchoolsIre and using #See4theSea. We hope you enjoy taking part in the competition and look forward to receiving your entries! 


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