Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Aquaculture Offshore renewable energy
Cables and pipelines Oil and Gas
Coastal protection Ports
Fisheries Scientific research
Military Shipping
Mining Tourism and Leisure
Nature conservation Underwater Cultural Heritage

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

  • Constitution of Ecuador
  • National Development Plan
  • Plan for the Planning of the Coastal Marine Space (2017)
  • Coastal Ocean Public Policies (2014)
  • National Planning Legislation:
    • Organic Code of Territorial Ordering, Autonomy and Decentralization-COOTAD (2010)
    • Organic Law on Land Management, Land Use and Management – LOOTUS (2016)
    • National Territorial Strategy (2017)
  • Environmental Legislation: Institutionalization of Integrated Coastal Management
    • Organic Environmental Code (2017)
    • Regulations to the Organic Environmental Code (2019)
  • Local tools:
    • Development and Land Management Plans
    • Integrated Coastal Management Plans
    • Beach and Adjacent Strip Management Plans
    • Management Plans for Sustainable Use and Custody Agreements for the mangrove ecosystem

Click here for a list of legislation


Technical Secretariat Planning Ecuador

Ec. Jairon Merchán Haz – National Secretary of Planning Ecuador

Last updated: June 2022
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