Maritime Spatial Plan(s)
Denmark adopted and launched its Maritime Spatial Plan in March 2021. The Danish MSP was issued as an executive order and is therefore legally binding.
The Danish MSP is the first legally binding digital map of Denmark and the Danish waters.
Prior to 2021, Denmark did not have a holistic spatial plan for the sea, however, a range of sectoral plans have been in use. These plans have provided key contributions to the MSP planning process in Denmark.
Latest MSP developments
The maritime spatial plan was reviewed based on the proposal from the Danish Maritime Authority to increase the offshore energy and biodiversity targets in the national MSP. An agreement on new targets was reached by the Danish Parliament in summer 2023.
Public consultation on the draft MSP amendments and the environmental assessment was launched in November 2023 for ten weeks until February 2024.
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency reviewed the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the amendments to the Danish MSP until February 2024, in accordance with the convention on environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context (Espoo-Convention).
The results of public and transboundary consultations will feed the finalisation Denmark's MSP amendments after February 2024.
The EU MSP Directive is transposed into national legislation throught the Maritime Spatial Planning Act, which establishes the framework for spatial planning in the Danish marine areas.
National MSP authority
Denmark's competent authority for MSP, Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), Ministry of Business and Growth.
Danish Maritime Authority
Blue Growth and Maritime Policy
Henrik Skovmark, Chief Special Adviser
Phone: +45 72 19 63 81
E-mail: havplandma.dk (havplan[at]dma[dot]dk)