3rd International Conference on MSP

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) jointly organised the 3rd edition of the International Conference on Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning. The event was supported by the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge and the Barcelona Port.

This 3rd edition aimed to assess the state-of-the-art implementation of MSP and discuss challenges and opportunities to achieve the MSProadmap priority areas and target: cover at least 1/3 of the global maritime areas under national jurisdictions with marine spatial plans by 2030.

The conference was structured around thematic panels related to the six priority areas of the MSProadmap 2022-2027:

  • Knowledge support for MSP
  • Capacity building and awareness
  • Transboundary cooperation
  • Climate-smart MSP
  • Marine protection and restoration
  • Sustainable blue economy

In their opening remarks, Mr. Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, and Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC-UNESCO Executive Secretary, highlighted the long-standing collaboration between the two institutions. The shared objective of creating  a global community of marine planning experts and practitioners started with the adoption of the first Joint MSProadmap in 2017 and will continue with the Updated Joint Roadmap to accelerate Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning worldwide through 2022-2027.



Opening remarks


  1. Hugo Morán, Secretary of State for the Environment, Ministry for the Ecological Transition
    and the Demographic Challenge (Spain)
  2. Teresa Jordà i Roura, Minister for Climate Action, Food and Rural Development,
    Government of Catalonia (Spain)
  3. Pau Solanilla, Comissioner for City Promotion, Barcelona City Council (Spain)
  4. Santiago Garcia-Mila Lloveras, Port of Barcelona (Spain)
  5. Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
  6. Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC-UNESCO Executive Secretary

Status of MSP around the world


  1. Laura Stočkute, DG MARE
  2. Michele Quesada, IOC-UNESCO
  3. Ingela Isakson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (Sweden)

Knowledge support for MSP

Co-moderator: Caitriona Nic Aonghusa, Marine Institute (Ireland)

Rapporteur: Karima Khalil, Higher School of Technology of Essaouira – Cadi Ayyad University (Morocco)


  1. Pascal Thoya, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (Kenya)
  2. Kira Gee, Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon (Germany)
  3. Dan Hikuroa, Waipapa Taumata Rau/University of Auckland, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (New Zealand)
  4. Andrej Abramic, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
  5. Niccolò Bassan, UN Environment Programme
  6. Tiina Tihlman, Ministry of the Environment (Finland)

Capacity development and awareness

Co-moderator: Mario Caña, GRID-Arendal (Norway)

Rapporteur: Vera Noon, ACTeon (France)


  1. Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, University of Seville (Spain)
  2. Marinez Scherer, Federal University of Santa Catarina, OTGA Training Centre Cono Sur (Brazil)
  3. Nancy Bermas, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia
  4. Nico Buytendijk, Netherlands Enterprise Agency – RVO (Netherlands)
  5. Serge Gomes da Silva, European MSP Platform
  6. Mariam Avakova, Black Sea Young Ambassador and Young Ocean Advocate of the Youth4Ocean Forum (Georgia)

Transboundary cooperation

Co-moderator: Sarah Mahadeo, World Maritime University

Rapporteur: Riku Varjopuro, Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)


  1. Bettina Käppeler, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany, HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG (Germany, Baltic Sea)
  2. Željka Škaričić, Priority Actions Programme/Regional Activity Centre – UNEP PAP/RAC (Mediterranean Sea)
  3. Abdoulaye Diagana, Abidjan Convention (West Africa)
  4. Timothy Andrew, Nairobi Convention (Western Indian Ocean)
  5. Wenxi Zhu, IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (Western Pacific and its Adjacent Areas)
  6. Susanna DeBeauville-Scott, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (Caribbean)

Climate-smart MSP

Co-moderator: Catarina Frazão-Santos, University of Lisbon and MARE-ULisboa (Portugal)

Rapporteur: Celia Vassilopoulou, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece)


  1. Isabel Ramos, IUCN Mozambique office (Mozambique)
  2. Tom Woolley, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (Ireland)
  3. Joacim Johannesson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (Sweden)
  4. Jesse Verhalle, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (Belgium)
  5. Allison Wiggins, Coastal Zone Management Unit (Barbados)

Marine protection and restoration

Co-moderator: Antonia Leroy, WWF European Policy Office

Rapporteur: Erick Ross Salazar, MigraMar (Costa Rica)


  1. Ole Vestergaard, UN Environment Programme
  2. Joseph Appiott, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  3. Cristina Simioli, Renewables Grid Initiative
  4. Marta Martínez-Gil Pardo de Vera, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Spain)
  5. José Julio Casas, Ministry of Environment (Panama)
  6. Paul Elsner, University of London (England, UK)

Sustainable blue economy

Co-moderator: Juan Ronco Zapatero, DG MARE

Rapporteur: Ant Türkmen, Ecological Research Society (Türkiye)


  1. Audun Lem, FAO
  2. Bente Pretlove, DNV (Norway)
  3. Nathalie Scheidegger, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Directorate for Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation (Netherlands)
  4. Marisa Lameiras da Silva, Directorate-General for Maritime Policy (Portugal)
  5. Jane Turpie, University of Cape Town (South Africa, Madagascar and Tanzania)
  6. Nurfatin Wahida Puspa, Maritime Institute of Malaysia (Malaysia)

International MSP initiatives

Moderator: Spyros Kouvelis

Rapporteur: Alejandro Jover, IOC-UNESCO


  1. Felix Leinemann, DG MARE
  2. Julian Barbière, IOC-UNESCO
  3. Peter Haugan, Institute of Marine Research (Norway)
  4. Juliana Castaño-Isaza, World Bank
  5. Gunnar Finke, GIZ (Germany)
  6. Pan Xinchun, China Oceanic Development Foundation (China)

Closing remarks


  1. Itziar Martín Partida, Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Spain)
  2. Hector Calls, Port of Barcelona (Spain)
  3. Felix Leinemann, DG MARE
  4. Julian Barbière, IOC-UNESCO

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