The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO developed a ten-step guide defining the scope and the nature of marine spatial planning. MSP can be a key component to an ecosystem-based management of marine areas and marine resources.
UNESCO-IOC Marine Spatial Planning Programme
Depending on the country, maritime spatial planners operate in different contexts and follow different objectives. Therefore, an evaluation framework for MSP has to be flexible, so that it can be adapted to different contexts.
This orientation plan sets out the broad goals and objectives for the MedPAN network and it intends to build support and coordination with other related regional and local partners to assist MPAs for invasive species management.