The partners in the Baltic SCOPE collaboration developed several recommendations in order to facilitate transboundary collaboration in maritime spatial planning, and for national authorities to achieve a closer alignment of their national plans. The ...


The United Nations (UN) estimates that each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans as a result of human consumption. This seriously affects marine species and ecosystems as well as coastal economies and could have a dramatic ...


Marine spatial planning (MSP) is an important tool in managing marine resources in a sustainable manner. However, the MSP process must become better at including young people. The marine environment is facing many challenges, including climate change...


The Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014/89/EU) was launched to create a common framework for maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe. The case of the Adriatic and Ionian Region (AIR) is emblematic of the peculiar challenges to be faced while ...


After two productive years of fostering trans-border collaboration in maritime spatial planning (MSP) across the Baltic Sea Region, the need to continue the conversation emerged. In May, a consortium of eight countries submitted a proposal to the Eur...


The current and potential use of the seas and oceans is often called the ‘Blue Economy’. Recently, the European Commission launched its Blue Growth Strategy on the opportunities for marine and maritime sustainable growth. The European Commission ...


In 2003, Poland was one of the first countries in the world to introduce Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) into its legal system. However, formal planning did not start until ten years later, in 2013, when preparation began of a comprehensive stock-tak...


Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is about creating the future we want. It is about providing predictable conditions. It is also about local fishermen, clean energy, national security and the small shrimp you find among the seaweed. Ideally, it is a de...


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