Related Initiatives & Databases

In addition to the variety of informational resources presented on the MSP Platform website, there are several additional curated collections of practical experiences which provide useful references for MSP in Europe. The links to the following platforms are shared in our continuing effort to make highly relevant information available from our comprehensive website.

EU Maritime Forum

The Maritime Forum aims to improve communication amongst EU maritime policy stakeholders. It allows parties interested in the EU maritime policy to communicate on a common platform. They can publish events, documents and follow developments in their areas of interest.


The European Portal for ICZM

The OURCOAST ICZM Database seeks to bring to light experiences, knowledge and tools that have been developed for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). The database provides short summaries describing cases where the principles and tools of ICZM have been applied. This facilitates the sharing of experiences from around Europe, and further encourages the adoption of good practices in coastal management and supports the decision-making process towards a more integrated and sustainable approach.  There is significant overlap in the principles and practices of ICZM and MSP; therefore, many of the cases included in the OURCOAST database are pertinent to MSP. Although new cases are not currently being added to OURCOAST, the descriptions of previous practical experiences are still relevant.

PANORAMA - Solutions for a healthy planet

Marine and Coastal Solutions Thematic Portal


PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and sustainable development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration.

All marine and coastal solution examples are curated by the Blue Solutions project, a global, multi-organisational initiative, which collates, shares and generates knowledge and capacity for sustainable management and equitable governance of our blue planet. Since 2013, Blue Solutions has pioneered the development of an approach to capture success stories, promote them and facilitate their adaptation to and implementation in new contexts to stop re-inventing the wheel over and over again.

On the online platform descriptions of these success stories (“solutions”) from throughout the world are available, including those presented at workshops and events, which were conducted in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Several solutions that are relevant to MSP are currently available, and additional descriptions will be continuously added.

Explore the solutions now and contribute your own experiences!


Forum for Ocean Planning and Management

OpenChannels is a knowledge hub for the global community of practice on ocean planning, ecosystem-based management, and marine protected areas. With the latest news, literature, online events, grant opportunities, jobs, and more, OpenChannels makes it easy for MSP practitioners to stay informed.

UNESCO-IOC Marine Spatial Planning Programme

The Marine Spatial Planning Programme helps countries implement ecosystem-based management by finding space for biodiversity, conservation and sustainable economic development in marine areas. Marine Spatial Planning makes this possible by:

  • Developing a step-by-step approach for implementing marine spatial planning;
  • Documenting marine spatial planning initiatives around the world;
  • Identifying good practices of marine spatial planning;
  • Collecting references and literature on marine spatial planning;
  • Enhancing understanding about marine spatial planning through publications;
  • And building capacity through training marine spatial planning professionals.

global MSP Inventory

The Global MSP Inventory was developed by UNEP-WCMC to suppor the European Commision Study on international best practices in cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning. The Global MSP Inventory was designed to provide an up-to-date characterisation of MSP Processes outside of Europe, and enable a simple analysis of characteristics of MSP processes. The Global MSP Inventory uses information from the UN Environment's MSP in Practice Initiative and its associated database of MSP processes. The inventory file contains:

  • Methodology - a description of the approach taken to develop the inventory, as detailed in the study report;
  • Inventory - the spreadsheet of MSP processes and information fields
  • Description of inventory fields - the description and source of information contained within the inventory
  • Dropdown - the list of pre-selected responses used within the inventory

This is an external database that will not be updated by the EU MSP Platform.

MSP Research Network

The Marine Spatial Planning Research Network is an informal grouping of scientists, policy-makers and practitioners who wish to contribute to the development of marine spatial planning through academic-based research. The network is interested in evaluating the varying approaches that are being applied in different contexts, and exploring new ideas and techniques for taking MSP forward.