The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO developed a ten-step guide defining the scope and the nature of marine spatial planning. MSP can be a key component to an ecosystem-based management of marine areas and marine resources.
Please note that as of 30 June 2019, the EU MSP Platform website is no longer being updated with new information. Updates are expected to resume in the near future.
UNESCO-IOC Marine Spatial Planning Programme
This report was developed by the EU Horizon 2020 project AquaSpace to describe a targeted review of tools and methods that can be used for the spatial allocation of aquaculture activities in terms of environmental and economic costs (e.g.
This report synthesises the process, results and main outcomes obtained through the AquaSpace project, which aims to optimise and increase the available area for aquaculture, in both marine and freshwater environments, by supporting implementation
The AquaSpace tool was developed within the EU Horizon 2020 project AquaSpace in order to achieve an effective implementation of MSP for aquaculture by adopting an Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture (EAA).
This practice description presents the application of the ecosystem-based approach in the first Latvian Maritime Spatial Plan.
Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
In 2015 an update has been made of the integrated management plan for the Barents Sea – Lofoten area. The plan in place, developed in 2006, already had some updates during the years, integrating new research findings and stakeholder input.
Swedish MSP process
Symphony is a model-based tool developed to support the implementation of ecosystem based maritime spatial planning.