Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial Sea (12 NM): 240 014 km2
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: 1 791 720 km2
Relevant MSP projects
  • N/A

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Aquaculture Oil and Gas
Cables and pipelines Ports
Fisheries Scientific research
Military Shipping
Mining Tourism and Leisure
Nature conservation Underwater Cultural Heritage
Offshore renewable energy

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

Plan endorsed by Parliament; sectoral authorities are responsible for implementing the measures set out in the management plans, under relevant legislation that they administer.

The central government authorities are responsible for spatial planning and management in all areas beyond one nautical mile outside the baseline, on the basis of legislation for different sectors and the integrated ocean management plans. Nature Diversity Act, Marine Resources Act, Petroleum Act, The Harbour Act, Pollution Control Act, Offshore Energy Act, and more.


Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

Geir Klaveness – Specialist Director

Last updated: June 2022
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