Spain

Which Maritime Spatial Plans exist?

There are currently no maritime spatial plans in Spain.  

However, Spain is moving forward on the technical development of Maritime Spatial Planning and is in the process of approving its MSPs, one for each of its five marine subdivisions. Approval is expected before the end of 2022. The public consultation for the draft plans has been finalised, including the draft royal decree for approval of the plans, as well as the strategic environmental assessment study. The transboundary consultation with neighbouring countries has been launched, and a specific online meeting with France, Portugal and Italy was held on 6 September 2021.  

In July 2022, the Competent Authority finalised the integration of the observations received during the public consultation and the decision-making process regarding certain high potential and priority-use areas established within the plans. The final documents have been submitted to the environmental assessment competent authority in order to complete the strategic environmental assessment process. Once the strategic environmental document has been published, the plans will be submitted to the Council of Ministers in order to obtain approval for them by Royal Decree before the end of 2022.

The documents subject to public consultation can be consulted and downloaded here: https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/costas/participacion-publica/00-consulta-am...  

The geographical information is in the geoportal: http://www.infomar.miteco.es 

MSP Legislation

Spain adopted the Royal Decree 363/2017 of 8 April establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning, that transposes into Spanish legislation the Directive 2014/89/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July. 

National MSP authority & Contact

Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge

General Directorate for the Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea

Ms. Sagrario Arrieta Algarra

Coordinadora de Área

sarrieta@mapama.es

Strategic Environmental Assessment


General Directorate of Biodiversity and Environmental Quality

D. Eugenio Jesús Domínguez Collado

Subdirector General de Evaluación Ambiental

Buzon-sgea@mapama.es

Environmental Impact Assessment


General Directorate of Biodiversity and Environmental Quality

D. Eugenio Jesús Domínguez Collado

Subdirector General de Evaluación Ambiental

Buzon-sgea@mapama.es

Last Update 24.06.2022