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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:
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