Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) is a highly interactive training course developed by Blue Solutions to strengthen practical marine spatial planning (MSP). Due to the current situation related to COVID-19, the workshop on Marine Spatial Planning, previously organised in person, was held as an interactive & participatory virtual training in November 2020.

You may discover here how this training was virtually held.

The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is organising 11th International People and the Sea Conference on 28 June - 2 July 2021. The event will be held virtually. The theme of the MARE Conference 2021 - "Limits to Blue Growth?":

Stream 1: Making Blue Livelihoods
Stream 2: Knowing the Blue
Stream 3: Governing, Steering and Managing the Blue Realm 
Stream 4: Emerging Sectors in the Blue Space
Stream 5: Resisting Blue Appropriations 
Stream 6: Blue Crisis 

Please see the call for papers for more information. Panels and individual submissions should be sent via the virtual conference platform. Submission deadline: 31 January 2020.

Please visit or contact for fur further details and updates. 


The self-governing province of the Åland Islands, located off the southwest coast of Finland, is an autonomous region of Finland that has a right to pass MSP legislation on its own territorial sea. At the end of 2019, a first draft MSP was sent out for consultation. During the consultation, 60 consultation statements were received. The current proposal has been revised on the basis of the responses to the consultation and on the basis of the views of the political reference group. A second proposal for a sea plan for Åland is now being submitted for a new consultation. After the consultation process, the plan will be further revised if necessary and adopted by the Åland Provincial Government no later than March 2021.

Please find more information about the process here or consult an interactive map.

Discover the latest Panorama Solution: Establishing the basis for Marine Spatial Planning in the Azores through a participatory process.

PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and sustainable development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration.


Discover the newly published book "The Urbanisation of the Sea: From Concepts and Analysis to Design" by Nancy Couling (edited by Carola Hein), TU Delft.

The publication includes contributions of authors from various fields, including the planning and policy-making. MSP is discussed in several chapters, but the book also takes a broader view. The North Sea represents the central case study.

Find more information about the book here. The publication is also in open access, please follow the link to TU Delft Open on the publishers webpage.




The MULTI-FRAME 1st project webinar "How is ocean multi-use understood and defined worldwide?" was held on 4 December 2020. The webinar was attended by 91 participants from 24 countries.

The recording of the webinar and the webinar report are now available online. 

Please follow the link for more information. 

Dec 11

The Ocean Multi-Use Knowledge Network aims to facilitate the international exchange between the ongoing multi-use projects on the global level and enhance the communication with the policy and industry community on the topic of ocean multi-use. 

The discussions facilitated through the Knowledge Network are expected to advise the research and policy agendas and increase motivation and confidence for further implementation of the ocean multi-use concept. 

Please join the Network here!

Dec 03

The Slovenian territorial sea and internal waters is limited. The territorial sea covers an area of 166.9 km2, the internal waters 64.3 km2, thus totalling 213.2 km2. This area is characterised by a high density of uses and a significant number of land-sea interactions since it is a heavily urbanised coastal area and also one of the most important tourist destinations in the country. The vision of MSP in Slovenia, mainly due to the limited spatial possibilities and the presence of various ongoing interests, is to ensure conditions for a long-term coexistence of all activities. However, they must comply with the requirements of nature and cultural heritage conservation, as well as the synergy of all other stakeholders in the area. The Maritime spatial plan of Slovenia will be a concrete maritime plan, it will set goals and guidelines for all maritime activities and uses at sea and in the coastal zone. 

The draft Slovenian Maritime Spatial Plan (Pomorski prostorski plan Slovenije) was been prepared by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning in May-June 2020 and the Strategic Environmental Assessment with Environmental report in September 2020. Based on extensive negotiations at the national level, it is anticipated that the public consultation will start in January 2021. The plan will be available for consultation in English, Italian and Croatian. All countries are welcome to express their opinion. Further negotiations should finish by mid-April 2021. The plan should be adopted by the Government and sent to EC by the end of June 2021.

Learn more about the Slovenian MSP here

Do you want to learn more about the MSPglobal Initiative, the sustainable blue economy, land-sea interactions and the sustainable development goals? Have a look at the new flyers developed by MSPglobal, available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese and learn more about the subjects linked to the MSP process worldwide.

Consult MSPglobal flyers here.

The European Commission has launched a Public Consultation on the Energy and Environmental State Aid Guidelines (EEAG). The aim of the consultation is to allow interested parties to provide their feedback regarding the design of the future Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy (EEAG) that will apply from 1 January 2022 and the related articles 36 to 49 in the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).

Please see here for more information. The deadline for feedbacks submission is 7 January 2021.