National updates in MSP: Germany

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Date: 
4 June, 2020

Germany is currently undertaking an MSP revision process in its EEZ. In April, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie - BSH) organized an international meeting to present and discuss the first concept for the revision of the maritime spatial plans for the German exclusive economic zone of the North Sea and Baltic Sea. The virtual meeting was attended by Member States from the North and Baltic Sea regions, as well as representatives of the European Commission DG-MARE and the European MSP Assistance Mechanism.

BSH developed a concept for the MSP revision based on the analysis of the maximum requirements of each sector, overlaying uses for identification of hotspots, and development of 3 plausible planning options from different perspectives, including traditional maritime uses, climate protection, and nature protection. Plans containing proposed spatial designations were presented for various sectors, such as shipping, offshore wind energy, cables and pipelines, resource extraction, nature protection and scientific research. Defence, fisheries and aquaculture, underwater cultural heritage and leisure/tourism were addressed at last in terms of regulations and planned approaches.

Currently, Germany is offering to neighbouring countries, additional bilateral meetings and will start elaborating a full first draft MSP document covering both the North and Baltic Sea, and the first draft of SEA / Environmental Reports for North and Baltic Sea. MSP and SEA Reports and Public Consultation are expected to be published in the 3rd/4th quarter of 2020, followed by a revised Plan and SEA report in the 1st quarter of 2021. National and international consultations are conducted at all steps of the MSP revision process in Germany.

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