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This map was compiled from different international sources such as EMODnet, EEA or Marine Regions. Information obtained from these sources was cross-checked with data from national sources. While compilation was carried out by the European MSP Platform, validation and quality assurance remain the responsibility of the primary data sources.

Basic facts on Marine Waters

  • Poland’s internal sea waters cover a total area of 2,041 km2.
  • Poland’s territorial sea out to12 nautical miles (as defined by UNCLOS) covers a total area of 8,783 km2
  • The marine contiguous zone out to 24 nautical miles (as defined by UNCLOS covers a total area of 7,787 km2.
  • The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ – as defined by UNCLOS) covers an area of about 19,736 km2.
     
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Maritime Spatial Plan(s)

Status: Adopted

Poland adopted its Maritime Spatial Plan for the internal marine waters, the territorial sea and the Exclusive Economic Zone on a scale of 1: 200,000 through the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of April 14, 2021 (Journal of Laws of 2021, item 935). The regulation entered into force on May 22, 2021.

The maritime spatial planning process in Poland is divided into the following plans:

  • Maritime Spatial Plan for Polish Sea Areas in scale of 1:200 000
  • Maritime Spatial Plans for Szczeciński Lagoon and Kamieński Lagoon
  • Maritime Spatial Plans for Vistula Lagoon
  • Maritime Spatial Plans for port area waters
  • Detailed plans for selected areas covered by the Maritime Spatial Plan for Polish Sea Areas in scale of 1:200 000

Poland’s plans and related information are available here (in English)

The Geographical Information System (GIS) for the Polish MSP is available here 

MSP legislation

The main legal act for Maritime Spatial Planning is the “Act on marine areas of the Republic of Poland and the maritime administration” dated 1 March 1991. The Act was amended on 5 August 2015 in order to transpose the EU MSP Directive into national legislation. 

The MSP regulation applies to all Polish sea areas (internal sea waters, territorial sea and EEZ). The “Ministerial regulation concerning maritime spatial plans of Polish sea area." adopted in 2013 was valid until 2017 when it was repealed and replace by the Ministerial Regulation on the required scope of spatial development plans for internal sea waters, territorial sea and exclusive economic zone. The “Act on access to information on environment and its protection, public participation in environmental protection and on environmental impact assessment” is also relevant for MSP as it stipulates that all spatial plans are subject to the SEA procedure..

National MSP authority

Poland's competent authority for MSP is the SekretariatDGMatmgm.gov.pl (Ministry of Infrastructure)

Contacts:

Mrs. Natalia Zając

Head of Unit of Maritime Spatial Planning and Property Management

Maritime Economy Department

ul. Nowy Świat 6/12

00-400 Warszawa, Poland

Phone: +48 22 583 86 04

Ntalia.Zajacatmi.gov.pl (Ntalia[dot]Zajac[at]mi[dot]gov[dot]pl)

Maritime Office in Gdynia

Mrs Małgorzata Gwara

Officers for Maritime Spatial Planning

ul. Chrzanowskiego 10, 81-338 Gdynia, Poland

Phone: +48 58 355 34 36 

malgorzata.gwaraatumgdy.gov.pl (malgorzata[dot]gwara[at]umgdy[dot]gov[dot]pl)

Maritime Office in Słupsk

Mrs Anna Goralewska-Burdukiewicz

Officer for Maritime Spatial Planning

Al. Sienkiewicza 18, 76-200 Słupsk, Poland

Phone: +48 59 848 19 93 internal 36

agoralewskaatumsl.gov.pl (agoralewska[at]umsl[dot]gov[dot]pl)


Maritime Office in Szczecin

Ms Marta Konik

Officer for GIS in Spatial Management and Geodesy Division

pl. Batorego 4, 70-207 Szczecin, Poland

Phone: +48 91 440 32 68

mkonikatums.gov.pl (mkonik[at]ums[dot]gov[dot]pl) 

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