The Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide will contribute to the definition of a global vision and role for MSP as part of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goal 14.

The ocean has an essential role for life on Earth, sustainable development, employment and innovation. However, there are increasing pressures facing it, which may be overcome through Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).

There are different levels of implementation of MSP processes in the world, including areas where MSP is in its infancy and where joint learning, improved cooperation or capacity building is needed, or areas where arrangements for MSP may exist but a strategic approach to facilitate coordination would be beneficial.

In the interest of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) to move forward the global ocean agenda, this Joint Roadmap defines five priority areas and respective strategic objectives for mutual cooperation:

  • 1. Transboundary MSP
  • 2. Sustainable Blue Economy
  • 3. Ecosystem-based MSP
  • 4. Capacity building
  • 5. Building mutual understanding and communicating MSP