Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 nm zone): 37 764.56 km2
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: 942 874.42 km2
Strategic documents related to MSP
  • National Ocean and Coastal Policies (2014)
  • National Development Plan
  • National Territorial Strategy (2017)
  • Coastal Marine Spatial Plan (2017)
  • Organic Environmental Code (CODA)
  • Regulation to the Organic Code of the Environment (RCODA) (2019)
  • Organic Law on Navigation, Management, Safety and Maritime Protection (Ley Orgánica De Navegación, Gestión Seguridad Y Protección Marítima)
Relevant MSP projects

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Offshore renewable energy Shipping
Ports Oil and gas
Military Mining
Fisheries Aquaculture
Cables and pipelines Scientific research
Nature conservation Tourism and leisure
Underwater cultural heritage Coastal protection

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

National Planning Legislation:

  • Organic Code of Territorial Ordering, Autonomy and Decentralization-COOTAD (2010).
  • Organic Law on Land Management, Land Use and Management – LOOTUS (2016).
  • Environmental Legislation: Institutionalization of Integrated Coastal Management.
  • Organic Environmental Code (2017)
  • Regulations to the Organic Environmental Code (2019)

Click here for a list of legislation


Technical Secretariat of Planning

Ec. Jairon Merchán Haz – National Secretary of Planning Ecuador

Last updated: June 2022
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