Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Offshore renewable energy Shipping
Ports Oil and gas
Fisheries Aquaculture
Military Scientific research
Cables and pipelines Mining
Coastal protection Nature conservation
Underwater cultural heritage Tourism and leisure
Ammunition storage sites Radars
Oyster reef restoration Mariculture
Telecommunication cables

Which marine spatial plans exist?

  • Constituent countries:

Legal framework

Legislation for Maritime Spatial Planning is in place for the Dutch North Sea. It is part of the National Water Act, which dictates a National Water Plan to be drafted every six years. Ecosystem-based MSP shall build on the Marine Strategy and a program of measures to ensure good environmental status of the sea. The National Water Plan ensures taking into account all relevant Land-Sea Interactions.

For various sectoral interest, specific legislation is in place, for instance the Electricity Law regulating offshore renewable electricity to be landed, or the Common Fisheries Policy of the EU for sustainable fisheries.

More information can be found here.


Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management

Ms. Tina Kelder Senior Policy Advisor

Rijnstraat 8
The Hague, Netherlands

Last updated: June 2020
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