Supporting Maritime Spatial Planning in the Western Mediterranean region

Supporting Maritime Spatial Planning in the Western Mediterranean region

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2017 - December 2018
Specific Funding Programme: 

SIMWESTMED was co-funded by the EC – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) Call for Poposal EASME/EMFF/2015/


Total project budget is €2.800.000; 80% of the budget funded by the EU.

About the Project: 

SIMWESTMED focused on two key objectives:

  • Supporting the implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in EU Member States;
  • Launching and carry out concrete and cross-border MSP initiatives between Member States.

To address these objectives the activities undertaken focused on the following issues:

  • Initial assessment
  • Cooperation on MSP in Western Mediterranean
  • MSP process
  • Methodology for a transboundary MSP
  • Spatial demands and future trends
  • Data and information’s requirements for MSP.
  • Tools and methods supporting MSP.
  • Stakeholder’s engagement

SIMWESTMED addressed case studies on transboundary pilot sites.


Case Studies


Project partners

SIMWESTMED involves the following partners:

  • CEDEX – Study and Experimentation Centre, Spain
  • CEREMA – Expertise Centre on Risks studies, Environment, Mobility and space planning, France
  • CORILA – Consortium for coordination of research activities concerning the Venice lagoon system (Italy) ; embedding as associated partners: CNR-ISMAR National - Research Council, Institute of Marine Science (Italy), University IUAV of Venice (Italy)
  • CPRM – Conference of Peripherical Maritime Regions;
  • IEO – Oceanographic Institute (Spain);
  • FBA – French Biodiversity Agency
  • MATTM - Ministry of Environment, Protection of the Territories and the Sea (Italy);
  • MEPA – Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Malta);
  • MIT – Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Italy);
  • Shom – French hydrographic office
  • UNEP/MAP United Nations Environmental Programme, Barcelona Convention – Secretariat, Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan, embedding: INFO/RAC and PAP/RAC.