The MSP Platform organises several gatherings each year as part of our mission to support the exchange of knowledge and experiences on MSP throughout Europe. These include conferences focused on a particular MSP-relevant theme, which are organised on behalf of the European Commission. We also hold workshops upon request to bring together smaller groups of experts to hold in-depth discussions on specific topics and develop solutions to emerging MSP challenges. Do you have a particular issue that you would like to discuss with experts and MSP planners? Please contact us at email@example.com for assistance.
On this page you will find information about our upcoming conferences & workshops, as well as archived materials from past events. Additional events organised by diverse institutions can be found on our All Events page.
Past conferences & workshops
Towards an Atlantic Vision for Maritime Spatial Planning, 18 May 2021
The SIMAtlantic project, Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan and European MSP Platform combined forces to organise this webinar to look at transboundary issues in the European Atlantic region and to develop a set of shared principles for maritime spatial planning. The event was part of the European Maritime Day ‘In My Country’ programme. The EMD occurs on an annual basis, and provides citizens across Europe the opportunity to engage on maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth. The discussion was hosted by Karen Coleman, an award-winning Irish journalist.
Further information is available on the event page.
Multi-use MED Webinar “Ocean multi-use in the Mediterranean: Targeting spatial efficiency in an equitable way?” May 10th, 2021
This webinar was jointly organised by the AM EU MSP Platform and the MSP MED project. The event was held to deal with the coexistence and synergetic relationship between the economic, social, environmental, and cultural components of “spatial efficiency” at sea. Using case studies, the webinar presented different points of view towards building integrated and cohesive planning approaches and new management tools in MSP, including cooperation among Mediterranean EU countries and with Southern Mediterranean countries.
Further information is available on the event page.
Communicating MSP webinar March 16th 2021 : augmented experience and sparking interactions
The European MSP Platform organised an online event dedicated to communication tools, strategies and examples of successful communication initiatives for Maritime Spatial Planning advancement in Europe. In partnership with IOC UNESCO MSP global initiative, this event reached stakeholders well beyond European Member states with participants from Morocco, China, Iran, Norway and Iceland.
- Demonstrating MSP in the making: how the MSP global website provides tools, resources and examples for a variety of MSP stakeholders – Website
- Visual and experience communication: challenges and ways to gather data in the form of visual communication tools such as interactive maps – Presentation
- Engagement by involvement: how local engagement strategies and participative processes multiply opportunities for MSP adoption by stakeholders - Presentation
- Maritime Spatial Plan Finland 2030, by Mari Pohja-Mykrä – Presentation / Video
- The MSP Challenge, by Lodewijk Abspoel – Presentation / Video
- The Irish online MSP communication campaign, by Conor Mc Cabe – Presentation / Video.
The webinar report is available here.
MSP for Blue Growth Webinar Series
The MSP Platform organised a webinar series on the MSP for Blue Growth Study.
The 2018 study gives information on how maritime spatial planning (MSP) can assist Member States to foster the potential for sustainable Blue Growth. Maritime spatial planning represents a key instrument for Blue Growth and can contribute to the aim of giving a boost to economic growth on the basis of a new maritime paradigm founded in sustainability, innovation, competitiveness and knowledge. The MSP for Blue Growth study explores the multi-faceted relationship between the two evolving concepts and provides practical, implementation-oriented outputs. The study was developed by the EU MSP Platform consortium for the European Commission, as part of their services to assist EU Member States with implementation of the EU MSP Directive (2014/89/EU).
Each webinar in this series introduced participants to one of the three study components:
Handbook on for developing Visions in MSP (7 November 2018 at 16:00 CET) Recording now available
Sector fiches for nine maritime sectors (21 November 2018 at 16:00 CET) Recording now available
Handbook for developing MSP Indicators (5 December 2018 at 16:00 CET) Recording now available
Further information and details on each webinar, including the recordings, is available here.
Maritime Spatial Planning for Islands
11th September 2018, Gran Canaria, Spain
A workshop was organised on the subject "Maritime Spatial Planning for Islands" on the 11th of September 2018 in Gran Canaria, Spain. As highlighted during the MSP Conference "Addressing Land-Sea Interactions" (Malta, June 2017), particular challenges and opportunities exist for the development and implementation of MSP and sustainable Blue Growth in island contexts.
Workshop participants engaged in active knowledge and experience-exchange during interactive sessions to:
• Identify common challenges and opportunities in developing and implementing MSP and delivering Blue Growth in island contexts
• Discuss the socio-economic and specific environmental pressures faced by island communities and the (potential) role of MSP and Blue Growth
• Highlight good practices with MSP that could be applied to islands contexts
More information, including the workshop report, are available here.
Webinar on Cumulative Impact Toolks
A webinar took place on 3 May 2018 as a follow-up to the expert roundtable on Cumulative Impact Assessment Tools, held in Venice, Italy on 18 January 2018. A recording of the webinar is available here.
Workshop on MSP in Small Sea Spaces
15-16 March 2018, Portorož, Slovenia
The workshop, organised by the EU MSP Platform on behalf of the European Commission, aimed to provide a forum for discussion and exchange on how to apply MSP in small sea spaces. Specific challenges emerge when planning small sea jurisdictions or when dealing with small marine areas in the framework of a multi-scale, nested approach. In both cases, high concentration of uses, intense land-sea interactions, limited availability of free space to couple with sector dynamics and future needs and relevance of transboundary cooperation (among countries and among regions within a country), can pose real challenges to planners. The workshop is aimed at national MSP authorities, representatives of sub-national authorities, planners and other experts dealing with MSP in small sea spaces. Based on a wide exchange of practices and interactive discussions, workshop participants will contribute to identify challenges and specific elements characterising maritime spatial planning in small sea spaces. Read more...
Expert Roundtable on Romanian MSP Capacity
8 February 2018 in Bucharest, Romania
An expert roundtable was organised to share up-to-date information of on-going research and existing good practices, as well as to support the Romanian MSP authority and involved sectoral ministries. Specific needs from the MSP authority and sectoral ministries were identified beforehand. A report has now been published, alongside the participants list and the presentations given:
Cumulative Impact Tools Expert Roundtable
18 January 2018, Venice, Italy
An expert roundtable on cumulative impact tools was organised on 18 January in Venice, Italy, bringing together subject experts and tool developers to discuss development of these tools as they relate to MSP. Cumulative impact tools are of particular interest for implementing the ‚ecosystem based approach‘ in MSP, in accordance with the EU MSP Directive. The roundtable summary report and presentations can be downloaded here.
Maritime Spatial Planning Conference on Blue Growth: How to plan for a Sustainable Blue Economy?
11 - 12 October 2017, Brussels
This conference, organised by the EU MSP Platform on behalf of the European Commission, took place on 11-12 October in Brussels, Belgium. The conference was aimed at both MSP practitioners, authorities as well as industry representatives and was attended by Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. This conference provided a forum for discussion and exchange, and offered concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP as a tool to support sustainable maritime economic development (‘Blue Growth’).
Socio-economic Expert Roundtable
3 July 2017, Berlin
The idea of the round table was to exchange information about on-going research and to gather a better understanding of socio-economics for MSP. Currently research on socio-economic aspects of MSP is still in its infancy and involved researchers may be interested in methodologies and approaches used in other projects. The round table sought to foster a better understanding of these methods and additionally inspire concrete research questions.
MSP Conference - Addressing Land-Sea Interactions
15 - 16 June 2017, Malta
The two-day MSP Conference – Addressing Land-Sea Interactions took place in St. Julian’s, Malta on 15 and 16 June 2017 and was a great success. National experts and MSP practitioners exchanged experiences and knowledge during three interactive sessions focusing on key LSI issues in specific countries / contexts, strengths and weaknesses of sub-national approaches to LSI and the LSI issues faced by participants. A total of 15 presentations were given during the panel sessions ‘Introduction to LSI’, ‘Sub-national approaches to LSI’, ‘National and sea-basin approaches to LSI’ and ‘Sectoral approaches to LSI and specific tools’.