Welcome to the home page of the UNESCO initiative on marine spatial planning.
The purpose of this initiative is to help countries implement ecosystem-based management by finding space for biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic development in marine areas. 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;
  • Build capacity through training marine spatial planning professionals.
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 2005-2017 the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has generously supported IOC's work on marine spatial planning through four 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 first international workshop on marine spatial planning in 2006 is available on the sponsors page of this website.


Last updated: 12 April 2016

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