The case for Maritime Spatial Planning: efficient resource management for sustainable growth
An international conference on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), hosted by Ms Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries took place in Brussels on 26 March 2012.
High level representatives from the European Union and Third countries, public authorities, representatives from maritime industries and NGOs had an opportunity to share their experiences on MSP in the European Union and from around the world, and to reflect on how they want to see it develop in the future.
Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), as promoted by the EU integrated maritime policy, is crucial for creating an environment in which the maritime economy can grow in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. Transparency, stability, predictability and reduced transaction costs are the factors that encourage and accelerate investments – and are among the benefits that MSP can bring.
- Programme [7 MB] All available translations. (colour version) - Programme (black and white version [11 KB] All available translations. - version to be printed)
|08.30||Registration and welcome coffee|
|Dr Elliott Norse [143 KB] All available translations., President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, US|
|09.30 - 10.30||Opening session "The future of Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe"|
|Keynote speech by Ms Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission|
|Ms Assunção Cristas, Minister of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning, Portugal|
|Ms Anna Wypych – Namiotko, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy, Poland|
|Ms Gesine Meissner, MEP|
|10.30 – 11.00||Coffee break|
|11.00 – 13.00||Working Session 1: What does MSP deliver for growth: business and stakeholder experience|
|Mr Bruno Guillaumie [122 KB] All available translations., European Mollusc Producers Association|
|Mr Hendrik Postma [73 KB] All available translations., Director Engineering & Estimating, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. - Presentation [11 MB] All available translations.|
|Mr Bernard Vanheule [125 KB] All available translations., EU Affairs Manager, International Association of Oil & Gas producers - Presentation [836 KB] All available translations.|
|Ms Helle Pilsgaard [9 KB] All available translations., Director, Danish Nature Agency - Presentation [432 KB] All available translations.|
|Mr Benoit Loicq [33 KB] All available translations., European Community Ship owners association - Presentation [531 KB] All available translations.|
|Mr David Whitehead OBE [92 KB] All available translations., Director, British Ports association - Presentation [599 KB] All available translations.|
|13.00 – 14.30||Lunch|
|14.30 – 16.30||Working Session 2: Developing a vision for the future: Maritime Spatial Planning by 2020/2025 and how do we get there?|
|Mr. Axel Wenblad [22 KB] All available translations., Senior Adviser - Presentation [189 KB] All available translations.|
|Mr Christian Kjaer [196 KB] All available translations., CEO, European Wind Energy Association - Presentation [191 KB] All available translations.|
|Mr Pim Visser [92 KB] All available translations., chief executive VisNed, North Sea RAC - Presentation [2 MB] All available translations.|
|Mr Nico Nolte [86 KB] All available translations., BaltSeaPlan project manager, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Germany - Presentation [995 KB] All available translations.|
|Mr John Tanzer [78 KB] All available translations., Global Marine Director, WWF - Presentation [2 MB] All available translations.|
|Mr Anders Carlberg [88 KB] All available translations., CPMR, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden - Presentation [98 KB] All available translations.|
|Ms Saskia Hommes [49 KB] All available translations., Advisor/Researcher, MASPNOSE project - Preparatory Action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the North Sea - Presentation [887 KB] All available translations.|
|16.30 – 17.00||Conclusions|
|Ms Lowri Evans, Director-General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission|
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