Welcome to the home page of the UNESCO initiative on marine spatial planning.
The purpose of this initiative is to help countries operationalize ecosystem-based management by finding space for biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic development in marine environments. One way to do this is through marine spatial planning. Our work focusses on moving marine spatial planning beyond the conceptual level by:
  • Documenting marine spatial planning initiatives around the world;
  • Collecting references and literature on marine spatial planning;
  • Enhancing understanding about marine spatial planning through publications;
  • Developing capacity and training for marine spatial planning.
Read more about UNESCO and marine spatial planning and read what users have said about UNESCO's MSP products and service.


What is marine spatial planning?

Marine spatial planning is a public process of analyzing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives that have been specified through a political process.


Who is making this work possible?

From 2005-2013 the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has generously supported IOC's work on marine spatial planning through three consecutive grants to UNESCO. Other contributors in the past have included the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Belgian Science Policy Office, the Flemish Government (Belgium), and WWF-International.
A list of contributors to the 2006 Workshop on marine spatial planning is available on the sponsors page of this website.


Last updated: 6 May 2014

News - Events - Archive

To read about the "13 Myths of MSP" (2012) click here (pdf, 508 KB)
Australia has now completed four bioregional plans for its EEZ (August 2012). Find out more here.
To see an annotated list of the top 15 publications on MSP click here.  
To read the final report of the BaltSeaPlan program (January 2012), click here.
To read the final report of the WWF PISCES project in the Celtic Sea (October 2012), click here.
To become a maritime spatialist in 10 minutes click here.



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