• Greece seen from the sea is an archipelagic area with a peninsula splitting that archipelago in two parts: the Aegean and the Ionian Sea. This means that there is a great variety of uses and activities all over the Greek seas and that many uses and activities are met in great density.

  • Current main uses:

    • Nature conservation
    • Shipping
    • Ports
    • Fisheries
    • Aquaculture
    • Tourism
    • Under water cultural heritage
    • Oil and gas
    • Submarine cables and pipelines
    • Military
  • Other current main uses: coastal industries (cement industries, desalination developments)

  • Future uses:

    • Offshore renewable energy production
  • Other future uses: dive parks, underwater tourism

which maritime spatial plans exist?

Greece has not yet produced or officially adopted a national MSP plan. However, Greece has elaborated sectoral spatial plans for aquaculture, tourism, industry and renewable energy, which include provisions for the coastal and marine segments of each sector.

MSP legislation

There is currently no specific legislation dealing with MSP. There are, however, several sector specific legislative acts, strategic documents and spatial planning frameworks, that are relevant in the view of MSP implementation, including those dealing with: environmental aspects, marine protected areas, protection of the marine environment, spatial planning and sustainable development, coastal areas and islands, renewable energy sources, tourism, aquaculture, shipping, underwater cultural heritage, etc.

national msp authority & Contact

Ministry of the Environment and Energy*
Directorate of Spatial Planning

Georgios Manouris: Director
Katerina Kanellopoulou: Head of Department of National Spatial Planning Strategy
Maria Rampavila: Representative at the EU MSEG on MSP
Anna Papachatzi: Rapporteur in the Department of National Spatial Planning Strategy


*The Ministry took this name in September 2015. Between January and September 2015 it was called ‘Ministry for Reconstruction of Production, Environment & Energy’. Between 2009 and 2015 it was called ‘Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate’.

**Practices are related to studies and / or projects and not to a formal MSP process.



Last Update 02.01.2018