Results of the study on how to integrate an ecosystem-based approach in MSP

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29 October, 2021

The "Study on Integrating an Ecosystem-based Approach into Maritime Spatial Planning" was launched by the European Commission and carried out by a team coordinated by Milieu Consulting with ACTeon, the Baltic Environmental Forum and Wageningen University, supported by Fresh Thoughts Consulting and GRID-Arendal. The project started in November 2019 and the results of the study were presented during a webinar held on 29 September 2021, the speaker’s presentation is available here. The main objective of the study is to assess the state of play in the practical application of an Ecosystem-based Approach (EBA) in MSP and to develop a practical method and toolbox that can support the application, monitoring and evaluation of EBA in MSP. Results are presented in several documents: the results from the literature review, five case studies:

  • "Netherlands Case Study: Assessing the economic and the ecological impacts, costs and benefits of spatial plans for the North Sea".
  • "Baltic Sea cross-border case study on operationalising the green infrastructure concept and addressing land-sea interactions in MSP".
  • "Black Sea case study: The role of existing EU legislation in integrating EBA into MSP in Bulgaria and Romania".
  • "Task 4: Elaboration of MSP cases studies using an EBA Assessing and valuing ecosystem services in the Northern Adriatic".
  • "The Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan".

Finally, a report summarising the overall project activities is available here.

Find the "Guidelines for implementing an ecosystem-based approach in maritime spatial planning" here.