Data Specification for Maritime Spatial Planning Inspire Data Model


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The study analyses whether and how the use of INSPIRE data model can support and benefit the data management processes. It aims to provide an overall support to the Maritime Spatial Planning processes and implementation of the requirements of the Directive 2014/89/EU. 

Sea Basin(s): 
December 2019
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • How to make the Inspire data model compliant with the MSP?  

Implementation Context: 

The MSP INSPIRE data model concept has been in the process of development since 2014, applying an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe Directive 2007/2/EC (INSPIRE) data management concepts for marine planning, via the Marine Pilot project (EC Joint Research Centre 2014-2016), and continuing with the PLASMAR project (INTERREG–V 2017-2020).  

The results and findings have been published in the paper “Maritime spatial planning supported by infrastructure for spatial information in Europe (INSPIRE)” (Abramic et al., 2018).  

Aspects / Objectives: 

The Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning (MarSP) project is an opportunity to finalise conceptual data model development, and to test developed data model, applying it to the real case scenarios. 


During the 2nd MarSP technical workshop on capacity building, held in March 2019, developed MSP data model was discussed and tested with GIS and MSP experts. 

Main Outputs / Results: 

During the two-day workshop, participants had a chance to test the data model, apply it to the real case scenarios, as well as discuss and propose modifications for the final MSP data model product. 

The data specification and guidance document, templates and example (i.e. Draft on the MSP Madeira) are delivered to facilitate application of the proposed solution. 


Although the INSPIRE data model is used for the Macronesian region, it can also be applicable to other sea regions. 

Responsible Entity: 

MarSP project 

Funding Source:

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).