This year’s theme: “What I’d like to see for the sea”  

We were delighted to honour students from nine schools as the winners of this year’s Green-Schools Marine Spatial Planning Poster Competition: “What I’d like to see for the seaat an awards ceremony in Cork last week. Twelve students were awarded for their posters depicting their vision for the future of Ireland’s ocean and coast.  

In partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, we asked students to create posters showing how they would like Ireland’s seas to be used in the future. The competition ties in with the National Marine Planning Framework, which aims to balance the different demands for using Ireland’s marine territory, including the need to protect and conserve the marine environment. It’s about planning when and where human activities take place at sea and ensuring these activities are as efficient and sustainable as possible. The competition was open to schools taking part in the Marine Environment theme, which encourages schools to learn about the importance of the ocean, and to take action to reduce marine litter and raise awareness in their local community, about ways we can help the marine environment. 

We received an overwhelming response of more than two thousand entries, making our job of selecting just a small number of winners very difficult! There were so many amazing entries, and we would like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!