Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 nm zone): N/A
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: Italy has not yet declared any EEZ

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

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

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

The guidelines on how to prepare the Plans (DPCM 01/12/2017) were approved by an Interministerial Committee chaired by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

MSP Plans are to be prepared for three maritime areas (Adriatic, Ionian-Central Mediterranean, Thyrrenian) by March 2021, for a period of ten years and with possible mid-term revisions. They are being drafted by a Technical Committee coordinated by the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport, with the participation of other Ministries (Environment, Fisheries, Economic Development, Cultural Heritage) and of the Maritime Regions.

The Plans must consider all sea uses, take into account land-sea interactions and apply an ecosystem-based approach.


Last updated: May 2020
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