Competition for maritime space – for renewable energy equipment, aquaculture and other uses – has highlighted the need to manage our waters more coherently. Maritime spatial planning (MSP) works across borders and sectors to ensure human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe and sustainable way. That is why the European Parliament and the Council have adopted legislation to create a common framework for maritime spatial planning in Europe.
2014: Adoption of the directive2016: Deadline for transposition and designation of competent authorities2021: Deadline for the establishment of maritime spatial plans
The Assistance Mechanism for MSP was launched in 2016 to provide administrative and technical support to EU countries in implementing the MSP legislation. The project manages a website featuring information on existing MSP practices, processes and projects, a question and answer service, technical studies and a focal point service for EU countries.
Funding MSP cross-border projects
These EU-funded projects are designed to facilitate cooperation between EU countries in the management of maritime space and, since 2015, to support the implementation of the MSP legislation.
In order to learn from MSP worldwide, we have launched a study on international best practices for cross-border MSP.
The main objectives are to:
The "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide" adopted during the 2nd International Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning, in March 2017 in Paris, foresees the creation of an international forum for discussion and exchanges on cross-border MSP at international level.
Three workshops of the International MSP Forum have already taken place in Brussels on 24-25 May 2018, La Reunion on 26-29 March 2019 and in Vigo on 12-15 May 2019. These meetings build on a wide exchange of good practices and interactive discussions in order to work towards the creation of international guidelines on transboundary MSP.
Sector specific workshops
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