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Overview of MSP related maritime uses

  • Growing intensity of use for marine space, mainly in coastal waters increasing the potential for conflicts between marine use and coastal activities

  • Current main uses:  

    • Shipping
    • Ports
    • Tourism
    • Fisheries
    • Aquaculture
    • Oil and gas
    • Submarine cables and pipelines
  • Future uses:
    • Offshore renewable energy production
    • Submarine cables and pipelines
    • Scientific research

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (2015)

MSP legislation

The main legislative act for spatial planning in Malta is the Development Planning Act of 2016 which also addresses development at sea. Subsidiary legislation under this Act is being prepared for the transposition of Directive 2014/89/EU.The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (SPED, 2015) is the overarching document  for planning issues on land and at sea in an integrated manner. It also constitutes the national Maritime Spatial Plan.

National MSP authority

Planning Authority (PA)

Unit manager: Michelle Borg


* Malta Environment and Planning Authority (2007): An overview of the state of Marine Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean Countries– Malta report

**Strategic plan for Environment and Development (2015)


Michelle Borg

The Planning Authority (PA) 

Unit Manager


Josianne Abela Vassallo

Environmental Assessment Unit 

Environment and Resources Authority (ERA)




Last Update 24.04.2020