Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 nm zone): 13,679 km²
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: 98,240 km²
National practices
  • National Policy Statement for Maritime Spatial Planning

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Desalination Shipping
Ports Nature conservation
Fisheries Aquaculture
Military Scientific research
Coastal protection Ammunition storage sites
Cables and pipelines Tourism and leisure
Underwater cultural heritage

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

The MSP Bill transposing the Directive 2014/89/EU was approved by the House of Representatives of Cyprus on 29 September 2017 and published in the Official Gazette of the Republic on 13 October 2017 as Law 114(I)/2017.

Other relevant national or sub-national initiatives linked to the development of Cyprus’ Maritime Spatial Plan include:

  • National Strategy for Integrated Maritime Policy
  • Establishment of MSP Interministerial Committee and MSP Committee
  • Establishment of ICZM Interministerial Committee
  • Development of the National Policy Statement for MSP
  • Development of the National ICZM Strategy and relevant Action Plan


Shipping Deputy Ministry 

Mr. Kyriacos Aliouris
Mr. Nicolas Ioannou

Kyllinis Street, Mesa Geitonia,
4007 Lemesos, Cyprus

Last updated: May 2020
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