Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

MSP is regulated first and foremost by the Spatial Development Planning Law and Marine Environment Protection and Management Law, however, other legislation provides basis for the Plan – regulations and laws concerning building at sea, shipping and transport at sea, fishing, use of protected areas, energy sector licensing etc. A full list of laws and regulations stipulating MSP and marine processes can be found here under “Related documents” – “Other related documents”.

Legislative processes necessary to begin the development of several offshore wind parks are also in the process – for OWP “Rietumi” and Estonian-Latvian project ELWIND. Additionally, a new bill to reduce barriers to development of wind parks “Law on Simplified Procedures for the Construction of Wind Power Plants for Promotion of Energy Security and Independence” (unofficial translation) has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and is to proceed to Saeima.


Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development

Ingūna Draudiņa – Head of the Department of Spatial Planning and Land Management

Last updated: August 2022
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