Stakeholder Engagement Strategy


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The document describes the stakeholder engagement strategy for maritime spatial planning in the 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): 
March 2018
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Cross-border cooperation
Social aspects
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Vision and aims
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • How is stakeholder engagement relevant to the MSP?  
  • How to identify stakeholders in the MSP process?  
  • How to classify stakeholders in the MSP process?  
  • How to improve stakeholder engagement? 

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 (Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands).  

Aspects / Objectives: 

The objective of the engagement strategy is to identify and list the stakeholders to be integrated into the MSP process in the Macaronesian Archipelago, as well as to define a methodology for the stakeholder’s consultation.  


The strategy is based on the identification of stakeholders to be involved in the MSP process, as well as stakeholders classification according to the degree of their participation in the process.  

The document provides the details on the organisation of several workshops with local and regional stakeholders, as well as on targeted interviews.  

Main Outputs / Results: 

The strategy enables a shared understanding of the MSP process, as well as draws a common vision and objectives between the stakeholders in the Macaronesian context in order to improve the MSP process. 


While the strategy focuses on the stakeholder engagement in the Macaronesian archipelagos, the methodology applied to identify, classify and organise stakeholder involvement can be transposed to the MSP processes in 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: 

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