The development of the joint EC-DG MARE / IOC-UNESCO Guidance on MSP is essential to support the implementation of the Joint Roadmap adopted by both institutions to accelerate MSP processes worldwide. It is being developed with the support of the MSPglobal International Expert Group.

Main objectives

> Identify and evaluate good practices

> Support knowledge exchange at the international level

> Develop international guidance

Desired outcome

> Joint EC-DG MARE / IOC-UNESCO Guidance on MSP

MSPglobal International Guide on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning

The MSPglobal International Guide is the result of a joint initiative by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) to support the development and implementation of MSP processes worldwide.

The purpose is to assist governments, partners and MSP practitioners globally in the development of marine spatial plans, and to capture the evolution and lessons learned globally on MSP since the first guide was published in 2009 by IOC-UNESCO. A guiding principle in developing the guide was to showcase inspiring examples of MSP for users to consider and reflect upon, which they might apply in their own context according to the resources they have available.