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Dec 09

The European Maritime Spatial Planning Platform is a community of knowledge and expertise, whose mission is to facilitate and maximise communication opportunities between all stakeholders involved, our Twitter account is made just for that! We invite you to follow and engage with us on the @EU_MSP_Platform account, where we share our flow of relevant MSP news, events, happenings and stakeholder ideas and opinions, all participating in the creation of a wide and connected #MSPCommunity across all maritime basins. So, get on Twitter now and let’s connect.

Our MSP assistance mechanism is also made up of MSP experts, a team of professionals and practitioners with a mission to support, listen and advise MSP stakeholders in all EU sea basins. Get to know better our MSP experts on our website page but also on our Youtube channel, where they all recorded a short message for you during our last MSP Expert meeting in Riga.

Dec 04

The MSP Platform is back! Different team, but same objective: to offer support to EU Member States in implementing Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). Our new experts promise to continuously bring together information on MSP experiences, funding and training opportunities, and in turn make it easily accessible in ready-to-use format for the benefit of the community at large.

Christopher McDougall, the Project Leader, and Thanos Smanis, Expert Coordinator, will continue to support EU Member States with their MSP with the help of MSP focal points in each sea basin: Patrycja Enet (North Sea), Kristina Veidemane (Baltic Sea), Nikolay Valchev (Black Sea), Stella Kyvelou (East Med), Yves Henocque (West Med) and Frédérick Herpers (Atlantic Ocean).


Nov 28

This is the main take-away of the report "Protecting our ocean: Europe's challenges to meet the 2020 deadlines". According to the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi target 11 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, the European Union should be effectively protecting at least 10% of its marine and coastal areas before the end of 2020. However, the latest report from the WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue warns European Member States, as 12.4% of the EU marine area is considered under Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), but only 1.8% of those have a real and effective management plan.

Moreover, according to the report, current MPA zones do not represent the wider marine habitat, and the monitoring of the MPAs could be improved as many MPAs are not close to one another other and there is no consideration of the moving of species between the different areas. 

The report urges European Member States to meet its commitments.



Nov 28

The European MSP Platform enables users to stay informed about what is happening in Europe on Maritime Spatial Planning. The MSP projects section gives information on related ongoing and completed projects. This links with other areas of the website such as the Practices database where you can find info on different practices in the form of guidance, handbooks, methodologies, pilot plans etc.

Other resources available include information on European Commission MSP Studies, MSP Sectors and Conflicts, and an FAQ section, all aimed at helping you find the information you need. Further information can be found in the Library and Glossary sections which offer several documents on what MSP is and an explanation on technical terms used in the MSP Platform.

Finally, stay informed on all new MSP implementation in Europe thanks to the News page and Event calendar!

The Co-Evolve project ended in October 2019 with the final project meeting in Kalva (Greece) on 2-3 October 2019. The Co-Evolve4BG project started last September and continues the work. The new project will continue the analysis of the co-evolution of human activities and natural systems in touristic coastal areas in the Mediterranean, it will extend its field of action to Southern and Eastern Mediterranean areas.

Nov 20

The latest version of the Joint Action Plan (JAP) - on Mediterranean Coasts´ adaptation to climate change - of the Bologna Charter is available online. The aim of the JAP is to protect Mediterranean coasts from coastal erosion and improve coastal resilience to climate change.

Nov 14

The first Welsh National Marine Plan was published on 12 November 2019. It sets out Welsh policy for the next 20 years for the sustainable use of their seas.

Find the plan as well as related documents and information here.

Ministers Eoghan Murphy and Damien English have published the Irish Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) for public consultation.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government invites submissions on the Draft NMPF. The consultation period closes at 12:00 noon on 28th February 2020.

See all information, including about the regional public events being held to promote awareness and facilitate public and stakeholder participation on the Draft NMPF, here.


Nov 07

The Strategic Environmental Assessment North Seas Energy (SEANSE) project has produced several new results. This includes a baseline study on SEA as well as a data and gap analysis with annex including data layers.

Find these documents as well as more information on the project on this page.


The European MSP Platform´s Baltic Sea MSP expert, Kristina Veidemane, will be present at the Maritime Spatial Planning Forum “Global meets regional” held in Riga from 19th - 21st Nov 2019.

She will be an invited speaker to the session "What are the Success Factors and Mechanisms for Cross-Border Cooperation in Achieving Coherent MSP?" on the 20th.

She can be contacted through her email


Spanish representatives from governmental agencies engaged in capacity building activities during a training course in Madrid (Spain) as part of the MSPglobal pilot project in the West Mediterranean. Between 15 and 17 October 2019, the national experts developed their technical and institutional knowledge on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Sustainable Blue Economy.

Theoretical sessions covered topics such as the MSPglobal Initiative and presentations on the implementation of MSP and Blue Economy at national level, the maritime sectors involved in these processes, existing and future conditions, as well as stakeholder participation and data and information in MSP.

With the support of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the MSP Challenge game was used to simulate a planning process between three fictitious countries, during which participants were asked to define the vision, objectives, indicators, actions and stakeholders for short and long-term.

The course was co-organized with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAEUEC), Ministry for the Ecological Transition (MITECO) and Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO). It will contribute to the development of a regional roadmap for transboundary MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy in the West Mediterranean.

Above text is from original MSPglobal article found here, where further relevant documents and information on the MSPglobal pilot project in the Western Mediterranean can also be found. 

Nikolay Valchev, the Assistance Mechanism´s MSP focal point for the Black Sea, attended the opening conference of the MARSPLAN BS II project on the 10th October, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

During the conference there were presentations and discussion on:

  • The MARSPLAN – BS project, its main achievements and lessons learned;
  • The MARSPLAN – BS II project main objectives, expected results, and work plan;
  • The first draft of the Synthesis report on Maritime uses, Land-Sea Interactions, and Multi-Uses in a transboundary context;
  • MSP in the Mediterranean Sea

Read more about the MARSPLAN BS II project here.

Find the presentations made at the conference here.

See our fiche on the MARSPLAN – BS project here (MARSPLAN - BS II fiche coming soon).

Contact our Black Sea focal point at