Brochure | 11/2017

Marine Spatial Planning

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a decision-making process that guides where and when human activities occur in the ocean. Making the right activity takes place in the right area helps the ocean economy to grow sustainably - benefiting humans and the environment alike.

MSP helps sectoral decision-makers to plan in a more complementary way. It reveals spatial conflicts and synergies between uses, and it encourages the shared use of marine areas to benefit as many industries as possible. MSP thus helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem by integrating conservation objectives for marine biodiversity, which is a prerequisite for sustainable ocean development.

MSP is an integrative process that engages a wide range of stakeholders. Government departments, industry, NGOs and communities cooperate.

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