Pilot project: Western Mediterranean

Finished (November 2018 to October 2021)

The pilot project in the Western Mediterranean is being implemented in Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia, while other member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean in the Western Mediterranean can also participate in training activities.

Building on previous experiences in the region to promote good MSP practices, activities are adapted to meet both regional and national priorities and needs in the context of the Western Mediterranean. More specifically, they are designed in accordance with goal 3 of the “Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions” on the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean (COM(2017)183), which aims at a better governance of the region.

Main objectives

> Increase cooperation between EU and non-EU Member States

> Formulate regional recommendations in line with the WestMED Initiative and support the adoption of a roadmap

> Strengthen institutional capacities

Desired outcome

> Roadmap for transboundary MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean


Technical reports

With the aim to assist its beneficiary countries in developing approaches, tools and actions at regional level to contribute to a coherent ecosystem-based MSP process, MSPglobal has launched two technical reports on current and potential future conditions in the area covered by its pilot project in the Western Mediterranean.

Technical Report on Current Conditions and Compatibility of Maritime Uses in the Western Mediterranean

(IOC Technical Series, 160, 2021)

Technical Report on Future Conditions and Scenarios for MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy Opportunities in the Western Mediterranean

(IOC Technical Series, 162, 2021)

Storytelling tool

Based on the spatial analysis of existing conditions and the identification of possible alternative outcomes (scenarios) within the Western Mediterranean, MSPglobal has developed a multilingual storytelling tool for the pilot project area. The objective is to present the data and information in a simplified and interactive way, and as such to turn complex concepts into notions easily understood by a wide audience.

It is an additional product to support the pre-planning phase of a transboundary MSP between EU and non-EU countries and raise awareness about the need for dialogue and cooperation for the development of a Sustainable Blue Economy in the region.

To access the storytelling tool, please click on the image below.


Western Mediterranean Roadmap on Marine Spatial Planning and Sustainable Blue Economy

Building on capacity development activities to foster knowledge exchange and dialogue, the MSPglobal Initiative guided its beneficiary countries towards the formulation of recommendations on transboundary MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean.

It is crucial to note that the set of recommendations below in no way represents a fixed list arranged in order of priority. Rather, it must be understood that the different thematic blocks are all interlinked and stand at the same level of importance.












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