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

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.

Marine Spatial 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.


Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Directorate General for the Supervision of Port Authorities, Port Infrastructure and Maritime and Inland Waterway Transport

Maria Teresa Di Matteo – Director General

Last updated: July 2022
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