Key MSP references

Marine Spatial Planning: A Step-by-Step Approach toward Ecosystem-based Management

The guide uses a clear, straightforward step-by-step approach to show how marine spatial planning can be set up and applied toward achieving ecosystem-based management. Most steps are illustrated with relevant examples from the real world. The guide aims at providing: 1) Understanding what marine spatial planning is about; 2) Insight in the Insight in the consecutive steps and tasks of setting up a successful marine spatial planning initiative that can help achieving ecosystem-based management; and 3) Awareness of what has worked and what has not in marine spatial planning practice around the world.

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A Guide to Evaluating Marine Spatial Plans

The guide assists marine planners and managers monitor and evaluate the success of marine plans in achieving real results and outcomes. Monitoring and evaluation are often considered only after a plan has been developed. The guide emphasizes the importance of early integration of monitoring and evaluation in the MSP process, the importance of measurable and specific, i.e., SMART objectives, clear management actions, relevant indicators and targets, and involvement of stakeholders throughout the MSP process.

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Visions for a Sea Change

This guide documents the discussions and conclusions of the 2006 UNESCO MSP workshop and reviews the state-of-the-art and good practices of marine spatial planning through a series of thematic presentations and discussions on the various elements of the management process, e.g., authorization, research, planning, analysis, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, institutional arrangements, and capacity building.

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