Maritime Spatial Planning


In the middle of the North Atlantic is the Azores, an archipelago of nine islands. Despite their small size, the surrounding maritime space of the islands accounts for almost 1 million square kilometres.


The entire contemporary economic and social development is under the sign of the evolutions in the sphere of services, which constitute a crucial component of the global economy.

Planning practice and research

This article employs a multi-disciplinary planning and political science perspective to examine transboundary marine spatial planning (TMSP) in European sea basins through a collaborative governance and planning framework.


Digitalization is gaining increasing attention in Higher Education (HE).

Capacity4MSP project

This paper was developed within the context of the Capacity4MSP project that aims to create a practically oriented and interactive collaboration platform for MSP stakeholders, decision- and policy makers that will inform, support and enhance ongoi

EconPapers - Sustainability - Volume 14.

Spatial planning faces challenges in addressing interactions between land and sea. This paper elaborates on land–sea interfaces, which can integrate certain socio-cultural values and related tensions into maritime spatial planning (MSP).

Perspectives on Deep-Sea Mining pp 593-612

There are several regulatory frameworks that are already in place from an international context for maritime activities at sea that would apply to deep-sea mining operations and guide the operational implementation of such frameworks.


This paper uses the case of French maritime spatial plans to propose tools to improve data sharing stakeholder engagement.


Sustainable development and specifically Sustainable Blue Economy asks for an Ecosystem Based Approach (EBA) to Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) to identify the utilization of marine space for different uses in the most efficient and sustainable wa

Journal of Cleaner Production - Volume 330

Area-Based Management Tools (ABMTs) are spatial instruments for conservation and managing different forms of ocean use.

Marine Policy - Volume 136

With expanding human uses of sea space, the role of marine/maritime spatial planning (MSP) in supporting their sustainable co-existence and synergies, while preserving marine ecosystems, becomes an increasingly challenging task.

Marine Policy - Volume 132

The European Union has a legally-binding framework for the establishment of maritime spatial plans in the sea areas covered by the exclusive economic zones of its Member States by 2021.