Building global momentum for Marine Spatial Planning and Sustainable Blue Economy

With a view to promoting Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Sustainable Blue Economy processes worldwide, the MSPglobal Initiative participated in various regional and international online workshops organized in September and October 2020 on the topic.

As part of the collaboration between several institutions working in the Mediterranean, a webinar on “Science-Policy-Society interactions in ecosystem-based marine resources management and planning” was held on 17 September 2020 as a preparatory activity to the training course of the same name that will take place on 1-4 March 2021 in Venice (Italy).

The Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC) and BlueMed Initiative, in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO through its MSPglobal Initiative, hosted this event for mid-career marine scientists and professionals who seek to streamline marine conservation and science in the planning and management of marine spaces and resources through the use of participatory mechanisms with stakeholders.

Click here to access the IOC/MSPglobal presentation.

On 30 September, an online workshop was organized within the framework of the 2020 edition of the Naples Shipping Week by the IOC-UNESCO and MSPglobal Initiative, OECD, BlueMed Initiative, Italian Blue Growth Cluster and Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn. It aimed at linking economic potential and marine ecosystem health for sustainable development through MSP, and also included a projection of the next five years and how knowledge-based MSP can be enhanced.

Click here to access the IOC/MSPglobal presentation.

The FAO’s “Second Blue Fishing Ports Workshop: Towards Sustainability”, which took place via two virtual sessions on 26-27 October 2020, shared best practices on the fisheries sector and ports (both fishing and commercial) from a strategic and operative perspective to promote economic, social and environmental sustainability, i.e. a Blue Economy approach. It also laid the foundation for the creation of a Blue Fishing Ports Network.

Click here to access the IOC/MSPglobal presentation.

During these events, the IOC-UNESCO/MSPglobal Initiative explained and promoted the concept of knowledge-based MSP – emphasizing the importance of a multi-objective, strategic and adaptive approach – and its importance in the development of the Blue Economy. Critical decision-making aspects to take into account during these processes include cooperation, stakeholder engagement, environmental status, scientific and technical capacity as well as available resources.

MSPglobal pilot project in the West Mediterranean


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