Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

The main legal act is “The Act on Sea Areas of Poland and Maritime Administration of March 21st 1991” (Ustawa z dnia 21 marca 1991 r. o obszarach morskich Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej i administracji morskiej) . In order to implement the Directive 2014/89/EU, the Polish Parliament has adopted changes on The Act on Sea Areas of Poland and Maritime Administration of March 21st 1991, on 4th September 2015, regarding inter alia, MSP procedure in Poland. Regulations concerning maritime spatial planning are placed in Chapter 9: “Maritime spatial planning in maritime internal waters, territorial sea and exclusive economic zone”. This chapter describes the whole procedure, basis and principles of developing maritime spatial plans in Poland.

A maritime spatial plan is adopted by ordinance by the Council of Ministers. The drafts of the plans are prepared by the territorially competent Directors of Maritime Offices.

The supporting law is “Ministerial ordinance on required scope of MSPs in their textual and graphic parts” (Rozporządzenie Ministra Gospodarki Morskiej i Żeglugi Śródlądowej oraz Ministra Infrastruktury i Budownictwa z dnia 17 maja 2017 r. w sprawie wymaganego zakresu planów zagospodarowania przestrzennego morskich wód wewnętrznych, morza terytorialnego i wyłącznej strefy ekonomicznej) available in Polish at: http://prawo.sejm.gov.pl/isap.nsf/DocDetails.xsp?id=WDU20170001025

The ordinance specifies:

  • MSP terminology
  • Scope of the plans and necessary links between different planning regimes (NATURA 2000, terrestrial plans)
  • Objects to be planned
  • Textual and graphics requirements


Ministry of Infrastructure

Kamil Rybka Chief Expert

Last updated: June 2022
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