MSP Guide

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Between November 2007 and May 2009, UNESCO has been developing a guide that lays out a "Step-by-Step Approach for Marine Spatial Planning toward Ecosystem-based Management".
Click here to download (pdf, 1.55 MB) a copy of the guide.
The guide was presented at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC 2009),Washington DC, on Friday 22 May 2009 between 4:30pm - 7:00 pm  (room 105 -  Innovation Hall). Click here (pdf, 15.4 MB) for a copy of the presentation.


Why a step-by-step approach for marine spatial planning?

During recent years, marine spatial planning has been the focus of considerable interest throughout the world, particularly in heavily used marine areas. Numerous attempts have been made to define the scope and nature of marine spatial planning, but few have discussed how to put it into practice. Read more
The guide uses a clear, straightforward step-by-step approach to show how marine spatial planning can be set up and applied toward achieving ecosystem-based management. Most steps are illustrated with relevant examples from the real world.


What does the guide offer?

 The guide aims at providing:
  • Understanding what marine spatial planning is about
  • Insight in the consecutive steps and tasks of setting up a successful marine spatial planning initiative that can help achieving ecosystem-based management
  • Awareness of what has worked and what has not in marine spatial planning practice around the world
The 10 steps for marine spatial planning include:
Step 1 Defining need and establishing authority
Step 2 Obtaining financial support
Step 3 Organizing the process (pre-planning)
Step 4 Organizing stakeholder participation
Step 5 Defining and analyzing existing conditions
Step 6 Defining and analyzing future conditions
Step 7 Developing and approving the spatial management plan
Step 8 Implementing and enforcing the spatial management plan
Step 9 Monitoring and evaluating performance
Step 10 Adapting the marine spatial management process


Last updated: 2 October 2015