The Process of MSP in Madeira - The Situation Plan


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The report represents the state of art of the MSP in Madeira that will serve as a basis for future revision of the Situation Plan of the MSP in Madeira. It is produced in the framework of the MarSP project, aimed at assisting the competent authorities of Portugal and Spain in implementation of the maritime spatial planning in three Macaronesian Archipelagos: Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

Sea Basin(s): 
November 2019
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Mineral extraction
Nature protection
Offshore renewable energy production
Scientific Research
Submarine cables and pipelines
Under water cultural heritage
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Economic aspects
Ecosystem-based approach
Environment aspects
Resilience to climate change
Safety aspects
Social aspects
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Habitats and Birds Directive
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Renewable Energy Directive
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Water Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What are the existing uses and activities in the waters of Madeira?
  • What are the major marine environmental issues in the region of Madeira?
  • What are the existing regional maritime plan and programs in Madeira?


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 Macaronesian Archipelagos of Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

Aspects / Objectives:

The document aims to support the MSP process in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (Portugal). It summarizes the current situation on the main activities and related socio-economic and environmental issues in Madeira waters. It also provides an overview of existing legislation on the MSP at the international, national and regional level.


The report is based on the results of the Work Package 3 of the MarSP Project "Defining potential marine uses in Macaronesia dealing with constraints and conflicts while assuring the good marine environmental status", aiming to support the decision-making process by integrating information on potential activities and uses of the maritime space in Macaronesia.

Main Outputs / Results:

The document provides information on the current and potential future maritime activities and uses in the Autonomous Region of Madeira with the focus on economic, social, environmental and spatial aspects. It provides an overview of the main issues for each sector.


The report focuses on the waters of Madeira and is not transferable to other regions.

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€.

Contact person:

Project contact:

Project coordinator: