EU MSP Platform Conferences & Workshops

The MSP Platform organises several gatherings each year  as part of our mission to support the exchange of knowledge and experiences on MSP throughout Europe. These include conferences focused on a particular MSP-relevant theme, which are organised on behalf of the European Commission. We also hold workshops upon request to bring together smaller groups of experts to hold in-depth discussions on specific topics and develop solutions to emerging MSP challenges. Do you have a particular issue that you would like to discuss with experts and MSP planners? Please contact us at info@msp-platform.eu for assistance.

On this page you will find information about our upcoming conferences & workshops, as well as archived materials from past events. Additional events organised by diverse institutions can be found on our All Events page

Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Maritime Spatial Planning for Islands

Week of 10th September 2018, Gran Canaria, Spain

A workshop will be organised on the subject "Maritime Spatial Planning for Islands" during the week of 10th September in Gran Canaria, Spain. As highlighted during the MSP Conference "Addressing Land-Sea Interactions" (Malta, June 2017), particular challenges and opportunities exist for the development and implementation of MSP and sustainable Blue Growth in island contexts.

Workshop participants will engage in active knowledge and experience-exchange during interactive sessions to:

• Identify common challenges and opportunities in developing and implementing MSP and delivering Blue Growth in island contexts

• Discuss the socio-economic and specific environmental pressures faced by island communities and the (potential) role of MSP and Blue Growth

• Highlight good practices with MSP that could be applied to islands contexts

The workshop targets MSP Authorities, Local Municipalities and Community Groups, Blue Growth Sector representatives and other interested parties.

More information and a confirmed date will be published shortly.

Past conferences & workshops

Webinar on Cumulative Impact Toolks

A webinar took place on 3 May 2018 as a follow-up to the expert roundtable on Cumulative Impact Assessment Tools, held in Venice, Italy on 18 January 2018. A recording of the webinar is available here. 

Workshop on MSP in Small Sea Spaces

15-16 March 2018, Portorož, Slovenia

The workshop, organised by the EU MSP Platform on behalf of the European Commission, aimed to provide a forum for discussion and exchange on how to apply MSP in small sea spaces. Specific challenges emerge when planning small sea jurisdictions or when dealing with small marine areas in the framework of a multi-scale, nested approach. In both cases, high concentration of uses, intense land-sea interactions, limited availability of free space to couple with sector dynamics and future needs and relevance of transboundary cooperation (among countries and among regions within a country), can pose real challenges to planners. The workshop is aimed at national MSP authorities, representatives of sub-national authorities, planners and other experts dealing with MSP in small sea spaces. Based on a wide exchange of practices and interactive discussions, workshop participants will contribute to identify challenges and specific elements characterising maritime spatial planning in small sea spaces. Read more...

Expert Roundtable on Romanian MSP Capacity

8 February 2018 in Bucharest, Romania

An expert roundtable was organised to share up-to-date information of on-going research and existing good practices, as well as to support the Romanian MSP authority and involved sectoral ministries. Specific needs from the MSP authority and sectoral ministries were identified beforehand. A report has now been published, alongside the participants list and the presentations given:

Cumulative Impact Tools Expert Roundtable

18 January 2018, Venice, Italy

An expert roundtable on cumulative impact tools was organised on 18 January in Venice, Italy, bringing together subject experts and tool developers to discuss development of these tools as they relate to MSP. Cumulative impact tools are of particular interest for implementing the ‚ecosystem based approach‘ in MSP, in accordance with the EU MSP Directive. The roundtable summary report and presentations can be downloaded here.

Maritime Spatial Planning Conference on Blue Growth: How to plan for a Sustainable Blue Economy?


11 - 12 October 2017, Brussels

This conference, organised by the EU MSP Platform on behalf of the European Commission, took place on 11-12 October in Brussels, Belgium. The conference was aimed at both MSP practitioners, authorities as well as industry representatives and was attended by Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. This conference provided a forum for discussion and exchange, and offered concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP as a tool to support sustainable maritime economic development (‘Blue Growth’).

More information about this event including event outputs

Socio-economic Expert Roundtable

3 July 2017, Berlin

The idea of the round table was to exchange information about on-going research and to gather a better understanding of socio-economics for MSP. Currently research on socio-economic aspects of MSP is still in its infancy and involved researchers may be interested in methodologies and approaches used in other projects. The round table sought to foster a better understanding of these methods and additionally inspire concrete research questions.

More information about the round table including event outputs

MSP Conference - Addressing Land-Sea Interactions

15 - 16 June 2017, Malta

The two-day MSP Conference – Addressing Land-Sea Interactions took place in St. Julian’s, Malta on 15 and 16 June 2017 and was a great success. National experts and MSP practitioners exchanged experiences and knowledge during three interactive sessions focusing on key LSI issues in specific countries / contexts, strengths and weaknesses of sub-national approaches to LSI and the LSI issues faced by participants. A total of 15 presentations were given during the panel sessions ‘Introduction to LSI’, ‘Sub-national approaches to LSI’, ‘National and sea-basin approaches to LSI’ and ‘Sectoral approaches to LSI and specific tools’. 

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