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2020

May

May 27

In March 2020, the MSP-MED project “Towards the Spatial Plan of Mediterranean” (one of the awarded projects of the EMFF-MSP-2019 call for projects) was launched with the first on-line kick off meeting, taking place with the support of the AM MSP between project partners from France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Greece and Malta, but also with participation of observers from other Mediterranean countries with the lead partner IUAV (University of Venice). This MSP research project will explore the specificities and potential to accelerate MSP implementation in the Mediterranean, looking at topics such as “Landscapes vs seascapes: or the sea-land interface as roadmap for spatial planification”. The project will soon provide more details on future actions and a calendar.

For more information please contact the IUAV contact point Niccolo Bassan <nbassan@iuav.it>.

After the entry into force of the 2nd Belgian MSP on 30 March 2020, the brochure "Something is moving at sea: the marine spatial plan 2020-2026" was issued to summarise the Plan in an accessible and user-friendly way. The brochure provides an overview of the most important activities in the Belgian part of the North Sea though a variety of sectoral maps, and gives an opportunity to test your knowledge through the short quiz.

The brochure is available here in French, Dutch and English. 

May 19

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The draft Maritime Spatial Plan for Finland 2030 was published on the Finnish Ministry of the Environment website. A public consultation on the draft Maritime Spatial Plan is being held between 18 May and 17 June 2020. Comments and suggestions are welcome. 

To learn more about the process, please read the news of the Ministry of the Environment. 

May 14

Have you missed MSP news from the past two weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our bi-weekly review. Here you can find a selection of some of the most relevant news from the past two weeks:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

May 12

The Finnish Maritime Spatial Draft Plans 2030 and the Environmental Impact Assessment of the plans will be available for the national and international consultation from 18 May to 17 June 2020. It is open to anyone to give feedback on the plans. You can give feedback either in internet on MSP pages or by sending an email to the contact points.

More info here.

 

 

 

The article "How the blue economy can help Europe tackle climate change?" is published by the Parliament Magazine. Blue Growth is the European Commission’s long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors. 

Please access the article here.

May 08

The Nordregio Magazine published three new articles on the ecosystem service assessment in maritime spatial planning linked to the work of the BONUS BASMATI project:

To learn more about the ecosystem service assessment in MSP, please follow the link.

 

Do you want to learn more about the spatial and temporal dimensions of data and its importance in Maritime Spatial Planning? The BONUS BASMATI project created a video to answer this question. 

Please access the video here and learn more about MSP. 

May 04

To meet the ambitious targets set by the Regional Plan of Action for Small-scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, and in order to disseminate and scale-up best practices, promote cooperation and identify gaps and areas for investment in this region, an interactive Small-scale Fisheries (SSF) mapping tool has been created. This tool serves as a resource to promote awareness of and build synergies among past, present and future projects on SSF being carried out in the field in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region. 

Lear more about this tool and start using it here.

May 01

Have you missed MSP news for the last two weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our bi-weekly review! Here you can find the selection of the most relevant news: 

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

April

Last day for application!

Call for Papers: Planning for Sea Spaces: Processes, Practices and Future Perspectives. The special Issue of the journal for Planning Practice and Research is calling for papers from MSP researchers and experts.

Submit your abstract before 30 April 2020,  full papers are required by 30 October 2020. 

For more information, see the webpage.

Apr 22

The Draft Maritime Spatial Plan will be completed and made available online from 18 May 2020 to 17 June 2020. More details on the draft plan, its content and the consultation procedure will be available in the coming days. 

The Maritime Spatial Planning coordination group will held the National Stakeholder Webinar concerning the draft plan on 20 May 2020 from 9:30am to 11:30am.

More information is coming soon.

Apr 17

With the first national MSP action plans, the European MSP Platform aims to provide a home base for updates and news regarding the status of MSP in member states. On this page you will be able to see how every country is progressing their MSP agenda and how these are being implemented. If you are a national MSP stakeholder, institution or organisation working on Maritime Spatial Planning implementation, get in touch with our expert team to strengthen our link with your actions at home!

Latest MSP country fiches:

Apr 16

Have you missed MSP news from the past two weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our bi-weekly review. Here you can find a selection of some of the most relevant news from the past two weeks:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

An informal Online Transboundary Consultation Meeting will be held on 23 April 2020 at 10:00-13:00. It will focus on the planning options for the revision of the 2009 maritime spatial plans for German EEZ in the North and Baltic Sea.

The deadline for written statements is 20 April 2020.

Please learn more about the consultation process on the webpage

Apr 09

Would you like to enhance your knowledge about the MSP in Europe? Discover the recent additions to the platform here.

PRACTICES DATABASE:

MSP PROJECTS:

  • PERICLES - Preserving and sustainably governing cultural heritage and landscapes in European coastal and maritime regions 
  • ARCHEOSUB - Autonomous underwater Robotic and sensing systems for Cultural Heritage discovery Conservation and in situ valorisation 
  • DEEP BLUE - Developing Education and Employment Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Growth in the Western Mediterranean Region 

In light of the recent events, several upcoming MSP stakeholder meetings and conferences were cancelled and/or postponed. In order to keep the MSP community alive and learning in these challenging times, we will provide a selection of online MSP webinars, which we invite you to attend safely from home. If you are planning to host or organize such online events, please let us know and share with us your webinar opportunities so we can publicise them online.

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The consultation period for the submissions on the Draft NMPF is originally scheduled to close at noon on Thursday, 9 April 2020. However, due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Minister Damien English has extended the deadline until midday on 30 April 2020. 

For more information and submissions, please see the page of the Public consultation on the Draft NMPF

 

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) responsible for testing, approving and monitoring of the offshore wind turbines and structures in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), published evaluation projects on the adequacy of areas N-3.7, N-3.8 and W-1.3. All sites are located in the German EEZ. The areas N-3.7 and N-3.8 are situated 30-40 km north of the Borkum Island, while the area W-1.3 is located 40 km northeast of the Rügen Island. The evaluation is published as a part of the BSH involvement in the strategic environmental assessment. The public is invited to comment on published materials until 28 May 2020. All comments will be discussed on 17 June 2020.

Read more.

Apr 02

Have you missed MSP news from the past three weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our review. Here you can find a selection of some of the most relevant news from the past three weeks:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

This report details a recommendation for a much-needed Blue Economy Investment Platform (BEIP) to address major market failures to supply capital to high potential innovative young businesses. It recommends establishing an umbrella fund to channel additional funds into fund managers wholly or partly focused on one or more Blue Economy sectors. 

Find this report in our Library.

March

The Call for Applications for the 2020 Atlantic Project Awards is now open. The initiative aims to honour outstanding success stories, achieved by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic Strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan. 

This year, projects can apply for the following categories/pillars of the new revamped Action Plan:  

  • Atlantic ports and blue economy;
  • Blue skills and ocean literacy;
  • Marine renewable energy;
  • Healthy ocean and resilient coasts; 
  • International Cooperation in the Atlantic area i.e. international dimension embodied in the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation with United States of America and Canada and its potential support to the Blue Economy; in the Atlantic research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa; in the cooperation with adjacent sea macro-regions/basins (Baltic, Mediterranean, Black Sea), etc.

Submit your application before 18 June 2020!

For more information, see the web page

Mar 31

Strengthening the capacity of MSP stakeholders and decision makers is essential to achieve the European objectives in Maritime Spatial Planning. This is the objective of the INTERREG project Capacity4MSP. The Capacity4MSP project is creating a practically oriented and interactive collaboration platform for MSP stakeholders, decision and policy makers to inform, support and enhance on-going MSP efforts by capitalising on the outcomes of various transnational MSP projects and national MSP processes.

Read more about this project here.

A new invitation to tender, addressing innovation in Baltic pollution management via ESA's, is now open. It represents a call for ideas on how to address territorial planning, Baltic pollution management and environmental monitoring.

The initiative will prioritise national territorial and spatial planning, pollution management, as well as environmental monitoring in the sea basin in line with HELCOM priorities.

Deadline: 29/04/2020 

For more information see the webpage.

Mar 23

Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, the European Maritime Day 2020 is postponed. The EMD Team is currently looking into possible alternative dates later this year.

More information coming soon. 

Read more about EMD

Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, future public events related to the Irish Draft National Marine Planning have been cancelled.

  • Monday, 23 March 2020, 6-8 pm (CANCELLED)

Fisheries

Kinsale Hotel and Spa, Rathmore, Co. Cork, P17 F542

  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 6-8 pm (CANCELLED)

Ports & Harbours

Wexford Town Library, Mallin Street, Ferrybank South, Wexford, Y35 AY20

The consultation period ends at noon on Thursday, 9 April 2020.

For more information and submissions, please see the page of the Public consultation on the Draft NMPF

 

Mar 18
18.03.2020

Call for Papers: Planning for Sea Spaces: Processes, Practices and Future Perspectives. The special Issue of the journal for Planning Practice and Research is calling for papers from MSP researchers and experts.

Submit your abstract before April 30th. 

For more information, see the webpage.

This is the question raised by Dale Rodmell from the The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) in his last publication. He examines the eventual compatibility of both activities, the needs for a re-orientation considering planning proposals, and the importance of promoting the co-existence of both industries.

Read more here.

This paper investigates the EU policy framework and the different EU initiatives and actions taken in these areas, both by providing an overview of the cross-cutting 'key enablers' of the blue economy and by providing an analysis by blue economy sector.

Find the paper in our Library

Mar 06

Have you missed MSP news from the past two weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our bi-weekly review. Here you can find a selection of some of the most relevant news from the past two weeks:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

The ICES Annual Science Conference 2020 will take place in Copenhagen from the 7 to 10 September 2020.

Call for abstracts is open until 11 March 2020.

See the event page.

Mar 04

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February

Feb 28

Finnish Ecologically Significant Marine Underwater Areas (EMMA) completed a report in support of the MSP. Its aim is to inform the marine spatial planners, experts, and general public about the state of the ecologically significant areas of the Finnish coast, applying the best possible data available. The work was carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute. The study describes 87 ecologically important areas located in entire area of the Finnish Sea from the Gulf of Finland to the Bothnian Bay. The selection of sites was implemented taking into consideration the diversity of species and habitats, endangered species, area features, as well as underwater geological diversity. The area delimitation is based on the information provided by the Underwater Marine Biodiversity Inventory Program (VELMU). The work includes a database of areas and area's description.

Find the report here (only available in Finnish).

Feb 26

The largest integral marine reserve in the Occitanie region (France) has been created within the Marine Protected Area (MPA) on the Agathoise coast. The new Roc de Brescou marine reserve is a result of a partnership between the state, regional, and local (the city of Agde) governments, as well as various users of the sea, including the fishermen. The MPA authorises navigation, but prohibits all forms of professional or recreational fishing, scuba diving, anchoring of vessels and dredging, making it a strong protection zone. It is a result of a collaboration between the small-scale fishers of the area, who initiated the project. In the long-term, the reserve will serve as a nursery, and the fishermen will be able to fish in the immediate surroundings of the MPA.

Read more about this MPA here.

Feb 24

Have a look at the Map of the Week on the Maritime Forum regarding the “MSP: Aquaculture and Wind Farms”! You can learn more about the locations of wind farms and aquaculture sites, as well as the ways maritime space is organised in Europe. 

See the Map on the Maritime Form. 

Feb 21

Have you missed MSP news from the past two weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our bi-weekly review. Here you can find a selection of some of the most relevant news from the past two weeks:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

Feb 20

The MarSP project is helping Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands with the maritime planning. Euronews, the Europe’s number one new channel, just published a new video on Maritime Spatial Planning and, in particular, on this project. 
Click here to know more and watch the video. 

Feb 14

 

The MSP newsletter is back! Make sure to subscribe to receive it.

This edition provides information on the new crew, MSP progress throughout Europe, projects and practices, events coming soon and much more!

View the newsletter and subscribe.

 

Feb 13

The European Parliamentary Research Service published a document “ The blue economy: Overview and EU policy framework”, which focuses on the EU policy framework and EU initiatives, as well as actions linked to the blue economy.  It provides an overview of the cross-cutting 'key enablers' and a sector by sector analysis. 
Find the document here.  

 

According to the recent report of WindEurope, Europe has reached a record 3.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2019. The UK (1.7 GW), Germany (1.1 GW), Denmark (374 MW) and Belgium (370 MW) accounted for the most part of this new capacity. The goal of the European Commission is to reach between 230 and 450 GW of offshore wind by 2050 to decarbonise the energy system and deliver the Green Deal. This constitutes 7 GW of new offshore wind a year by 2030 and up to 18 GW a year by 2050. Despite Europe is still quite a way from this objective, progress made in 2019 brings European offshore wind capacity to 22GW.

For more information see the report of WindEurope.  

Feb 07

Have you missed MSP news from the past two weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our bi-weekly review. Here you can find a selection of some of the most relevant news from the past two weeks:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

Feb 06

Following the extension of the consultation period of the Irish Draft Marine Planning Framework, the related public events have been rescheduled and published:

 

  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 6-8 pm.

Offshore Renewable Energy

Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow, Co.Wicklow, Y14 DX02

  • Monday, 17 February 2020, 11-1 pm.

Marine Environment

St. Laurence's, Technological University Dublin, Grange Gorman, Dublin, D07 E244

  • Monday, 2 March 2020, 6-8 pm.

Fisheries

School of Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology Campus, Shore Road, Killybegs, Co. Donegal, F94 DV52

  • Monday, 23 March 2020, 6-8 pm. (CANCELLED)

Fisheries

Kinsale Hotel and Spa, Rathmore, Co. Cork, P17 F542

  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 6-8 pm. (CANCELLED)

Ports & Harbours

Wexford Town Library, Mallin Street, Ferrybank South, Wexford, Y35 AY20

The consultation period closes at noon on Thursday, 9 April 2020.

For more information and submissions, see the page of the Public consultation on the Draft NMPF

Feb 04

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Practices Database:

MSP Projects:

  • MSP and the Impacts of Climate Change
  • GRASS - Growing algae sustainably in the Baltic Sea
  • ANDIKAT - Diving routes in marine protected areas of the Eastern Mediterranean - Development of diving tourism network
  • RETROUT - Development, promotion and sustainable management of the Baltic Sea Region as a coastal fishing tourism destination
  • CHANGE WE CARE - Climate challenges on coastal and transitional changing areas: Weaving a Cross-Adriatic response
  • Co-Evolve4BG - Co-evolution of coastal human activities & Med natural systems for sustainable tourism & Blue Growth in the Mediterranean
  • MarPAMM - Marine Protected Area Management and Monitoring

January

The deadline for applying to the EU Sustainable Energy Awards that will take place within EU Sustainable Energy Week has been extended to 10 February 2020.

This call is relevant for innovations dealing with energy efficiency and renewables. Projects must be ongoing or concluded after 30 June 2019.

Find the different awards categories on the event page on our platform or on their dedicated webpage

Can fisheries and offshore wind turbines co-exist? This was the title of the event recently organised by the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries.

The answer: “of course, is yes – but the happy coexistence of offshore wind and fisheries requires specific conditions".

The development of renewable energy is crucial. With currently 20 GW of offshore wind energy being produced, Europe could reach its goals through the use of only 3% of European sea space, allowing for provision of 30% of Europe´s electricity needs. To this end, MSP is essential to avoid or minimize spatial conflicts. Further, every site is unique, therefore cooperation between different stakeholder is a key element.

To learn more about how fisheries and wind turbines can co-exist, see the article of WindEurope.

Jan 28

The Conference MSP NATURE 2020, on the integration of nature conservation into Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), will take place in Berlin in April 2020. The Call for Papers and Posters is now open, you can submit your abstract before 29 February 2020. Abstracts for Papers and Posters can be submitted for the following sessions:

  1. Fundamentals - Legal and planning framework for Marine Spatial Planning;
  2. MSP - national and international examples;
  3. Marine Nature Conservation;
  4. Ecosystem-Based-Approach - Integration of Nature Conservation into MSP.

For submission, see the following link, and for more information see the event page on our platform. 

Jan 28

DEME concessions and PMV just announced that they want to produce green hydrogen in the Port of Oostende in the north of Belgium.

“The term ‘green hydrogen’ is thus used when green electricity is available that converts water into hydrogen via electrolysis. In other words, green hydrogen is hydrogen produced on the basis of renewable energy”.

By the end of 2020, a capacity of 2.26 GW will exist along the Belgian coast, and the new marine spatial plan provides space for more turbines, this means that around 4 GW could come from green energy.

Read more about this on the DEME website.