MSP Around the World

Marine spatial management is gaining considerable importance all around the world. Various countries have started to use marine spatial management to achieve sustainable use and biodiversity conservation in ocean and coastal areas (see examples below).
 
Initially the concept of marine spatial planning, and one of its primary tool, ocean zoning, was stimulated by international and national interests in developing marine protected areas (MPAs). More recent attention has been placed on planning and managing multiple uses of marine space, particularly in areas where use conflicts are already well known and specified. In various countries, marine bioregional planning concepts are being used as a first step to make ecosystem-based marine spatial management a reality.
 
If you know about marine spatial planning initiatives in your country that are similar in scope and scale to those listed below, please contact us so we can incorporate that work in our analysis of spatial management around the world.
 
 

 Where is Marine Spatial Planning Happening?

Africa  

Seychelles*

 

South Africa*

 

Namibia*

 

 

Asia

Cambodia*

 

China - Marine Functional Zoning Plans

 

Indonesia*

 

Philippines - Batangas Bay Water Zoning Pilot Project

 

Thailand*

 

Vietnam*

 

 

Australia and Oceania  

Australia - Marine Bioregional Planning in the EEZ

 

Australia - Coral Sea Marine Reserve

 

Australia - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

 

New Zealand - EEZ

 

New Zealand - Hauraki Gulf

 

 

Europe 

Belgium - Master Plan for the North Sea

 

Denmark*

 

Denmark (Greenland)*

 

Estonia

 

European Union*

 

Finland*

 

France

 

Germany - Länder or States

 

Germany - Baltic Sea & North Sea

 

Iceland*

 

Ireland

 

Latvia

 

Lithuania

 

Norway - Barents Sea-Lofoten

 

Norway - Norwegian Sea & North Sea

 

Poland - Western Gulf of Gdansk - PlanCoast Pilot Project

 

Portugal

 

Russia*

 

Spain

 

Sweden

 

Sweden and Finland - Bothnian Sea Trans-boundary Pilot Project

 

The Netherlands

 

United Kingdom

 

United Kingdom - England

 

United Kingdom – Isle of Man*

 

United Kingdom - the Irish Sea

 

United Kingdom - Northern Ireland

 

United Kingdom - Scotland - Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters

 

United Kingdom - Scotland

 

United Kingdom - Wales

 

 

Middle East

Bahrain*

 

Israel*

 

UAE – Abu Dhabi*

 

 

the Americas   

Barbuda*

 

Belize*

 

Canada - Beaufort Sea

 

Canada - Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management Plan

 

Canada - Canada Pacific Coast (Marine Planning Partnership for the Pacific North Coast)

 

Canada - Pacific North Coast

 

Colombia*

 

Costa Rica*

 

Grenada*

 

Netherlands (Curacao)*

 

Mexico*

 

St Kitts-Nevis - Pilot Zoning Plan

 

St Vincent and Grenadines*

 

United Kingdom - Falkland Islands*

 

United Kingdom - Montserrat*

 

United States - Northeast Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic Regions

 

United States - Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

 

United States - Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

United States - State of Oregon Territorial Sea Plan

 

United States - State of Rhode Island

 

United States - State of Washington Marine Waters Management Plan

 

United States - West Coast Region*

 

*to be added in 2016

Last updated: 12 April 2016