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Nov 30

Please check the Map of the Week - Offshore Renewable Energy available on the Maritime Forum!

The map of the week shows the locations of both offshore wind and ocean energy projects throughout European waters.

The data in this map are provided by EMODnet Human Activities.

Please access the map here



Nov 26

This initiative will identify ways to make the EU blue economy more sustainable, in line with the European Green Deal. The blue economy covers all economic activities related to seas and coasts (e.g. shipping & ports, fisheries & aquaculture, coastal tourism). The goal is to aid economic recovery and tackle climate change, by promoting sustainable products and services – e.g. marine renewable energy – that preserve the marine environment and maintain ocean health. 

Please provide your feedback following the link. The deadline for feedbacks submission is 7 December 2020.

Following the adoption by the EC of the EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy on 19 November 2020, please see the "Questions & Answers" to learn more about the strategy that proposes ways forward to support the long-term sustainable development of this sector. 

Please read the full article here

Nov 23

This survey aims to explore the perceptions of people knowledgeable on MSP - the scientific community, marine planners, managers, decision-makers, industry, non-governmental organisations, interested members of the general public - on how MSP can both be affected by, and adapt to climate change.

The survey is developed under the OCEANPLAN project (Marine Spatial Planning under a Changing Climate), supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and led by the University of Lisbon, University of the Azores and Nova School of Business and Economics.

The survey is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish. 

Please find more information and participate in the survey here. The survey will be available online until January 2021.


The consultation follows the recent publication of the roadmap that outlines EU plans to achieve zero pollution by better preventing, treating, monitoring and reporting on pollution, and helping to mainstream the ambition in all policies and investment tools.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from citizens and stakeholders on an EU Action Plan “Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil”. The European Green Deal announced that, in order to protect Europe’s citizens and ecosystems, the EU needs to move towards a zero pollution ambition, and improve on the prevention and treatment of pollution from air, water, soil, and consumer products.

Please find more information and respond to the questionnaire here (the deadline for feedback to be submitted is 10 February 2021).


Eco-union, an environmental association, published the report “Managing the environmental sustainability of nautical tourism in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas“; a research-based policy-oriented report for MPA managers and public authorities, highlighting key environmental management issues related to leisure boating in MPAs.

To learn more about this publication, please follow this link.

The European MSP platform with the support of IOC UNESCO MSPGlobal2030 developed a guidance document dedicated to the communication of Maritime Spatial Planning. This interactive guide aims at helping MSP practitioners better communicate and engage with MSP stakeholders and the wider public at each step of the MSP process, from design to delivery. Highlighting examples and tools which can boost the effectiveness and success of MSP consultation processes, event planning and digital communication, this handbook is packed with examples, ideas and success stories.

Explore the interactive version 

Download the pdf print version

Nov 16

A Coalition of NGOs, wind industry and transmission system operators has joined forces to cooperate on the sustainable deployment of offshore wind, while ensuring alignment with nature protection and healthy marine ecosystems. Eighteen European organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and committed themselves to working together to understand the challenges of, and find solutions for, reconciling the offshore energy infrastructure and nature protection.

Please visit the Offshore Coalition website for more information.

Nov 12

The new North Sea Strategy 2030 has been adopted on 6 November 2020. The strategy represents a steering document for the North Sea Commission and priority list for cooperation in the North Sea Region. It demonstrates the will of regional governments around the North Sea to work together to tackle common challenges.

The strategy identifies four priority areas for cooperation:

1. A productive and sustainable North Sea

    - Healthy Marine environment

    - Maritime Spatial Planning

    - Sustainable aquaculture and fisheries

    - Sustainable blue economy

2. A climate-neutral North Sea Region

3. A connected North Sea region

4. A smart North Sea Region


Please read the full article here.

Nov 04

The deadline of the Public Consultation on the Portuguese National Strategy for the Sea 2021-2030 has been extended until 16 November 2020 - 18h. 

The Portuguese National Strategy for the Sea 2021-2030 is a public policy instrument for the sea that presents the country's vision, objectives, areas of intervention and goals for the period 2021–2030.

Please read more about the public consultation here