MSP Governance Analysis of the European Macaronesia.


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The document provides a comprehensive analysis of the maritime governance institutions and processes in Macaronesia. It is produced under the MarSP project, aimed at assisting the competent authorities of Portugal and Spain in implementation of the maritime spatial planning in three Archipelagos - Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

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

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • How is the maritime governance established in Macaronesia? 
  • Which public entities are responsible for the MSP implementation in Spain and Portugal?


Implementation Context:

The document is produced in the framework of the MarSP project (completed in December 2019), aimed at improving the Maritime Spatial Planning process in the archipelagos of Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

Aspects / Objectives:

The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of the maritime governance institutions and processes in Macaronesia.


Macaronesian maritime governance frameworks have been assessed using the following aspects:

  • Scale of competences and responsibilities in the MSP processes (national or regional);
  • Public entities involved in the management of various maritime sectors;
  • Main legislations (regulations and norms) that rule the MSP process;
  • Key instrument used in the development of the MSP.

The report integrates information from the official data sources.

Main Outputs / Results:

The report provides a multi-scale analysis of the maritime governance (i.e. international, European, national and regional). It targets the general public and entities responsible for the implementation of the MSP Directive. The report provides recommendations for improving the maritime governance in Macaronesia, including the cross-border cooperation.


The document strongly focuses on Macaronesia. However, the methods for assessment and analysis of the maritime governance could be transposed to other areas. 

Responsible Entity:

Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT)

Governo dos Açores - Secretaria Regional do Mar, Ciência e Tecnologia (DRAM)

Costs / Funding Source:

The MarSP Project was 80% financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The total project budget constituted 2,1M€.

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