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Which maritime spatial plans exist?

There are no legally binding / formal maritime spatial plans in Cyprus yet. A pilot plan for MSP has been developed for the coastal and marine area of Limassol (south of Cyprus).

A final draft of the National Policy Statement for Maritime Spatial Planning as per the relevant provisions of the Law 144(I)/2017 as amended has been prepared by the National MSP Committee. The National Policy Statement for MSP identifies the main priorities, goals and strategic guidelines for the marine waters aiming to sustainable growth. It will be the guiding framework for strategies, policies, objectives and priorities that will govern the preparation of the National Marine Spatial Plan.

An official and wider public consultation according to the Maritime Spatial Planning (Public Consultation) Regulations of 2021 (P.I. 133/2021) with the relevant stakeholders and the public was initiated on 14 May 2021 and lasted 60 days.

Following the public consultation, the National Policy Statement will be finalized and submitted to the Council of Ministers for final approval. As soon as it is approved, the preparation of the Maritime Spatial Plan for the marine waters of the Republic of Cyprus will commence, including the conduct of relevant public consultation.  The first draft of Maritime Spatial Plan is expected to be ready by the end of September 2021.

Also, in 2015, the THAL-CHOR I project aimed at developing MSP methodology and its pilot implementation for the preparation of marine spatial plans in selected areas of Cyprus and Greece, through cooperation among the two countries. Those general objectives are pursued in the second project THAL-CHOR II (2018-2021).

MSP legislation

The MSP Bill transposing the Directive 2014/89/EU was approved by the House of Representatives on 29.9.2017 and published on the Official Gazette of the Republic on 13.10.2017 (Law 114(I) of 2017).

NATIONAL MSP AUTHORITY 

The Shipping Deputy Minister to the President is the MSP competent authority, which is responsible for coordinating the necessary actions for MSP implementation.

CONTACT 

Shipping Deputy Ministry 

Kyriacos Aliouris 

Kyllinis street, Mesa Geitonia,  

4007 LIMASSOL, Cyprus 

Ph.: +357 25848246 

Mail: kaliouris@dms.gov.cy 

 

Nicolas Ioannou 

Kyllinis street, Mesa Geitonia, 

4007 LIMASSOL, Cyprus 

Ph.: +357 25804908 

Mail: nioannou@dms.gov.cy 

 

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Last Update 17.09.2021