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MSP Studies

This page presents an overview of studies commissioned by DG MARE which have relevance to MSP. The European Commission has developed these studies to fill knowledge gaps related to the implementation of MSP, in particular those relevant to the EU MSP Directive. Several of the studies listed were developed by the EU MSP Platform for the European Commission.

The page also contains other studies of relevance for MSP.

TEG_Metadata Standard for Maritime Spatial Plans
Metadata standard for maritime spatial plans: a common structure to describe data associated with maritime spatial plans - October 2023
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Guidelines for the integration of the Socioeconomic impact of MSP
Guidelines for the integration of the Socioeconomic impact of MSP - October 2023
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TEG D2
Maritime Spatial Planning Data Framework (MSPdF) - How to structure input data for MSP process, monitoring & evaluation - June 2023
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WWF Mediterranean assessment
WWF Mediterranean MSP assessment - June 2023
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Review on how to preserve space for the future uses of the seas - January 2023
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Access to space and water for marine aquaculture - December 2022
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WWF North sea assessment
WWF North Sea MSP assessment - October 2022
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WWF North East assessment
WWF North-East Atlantic Ocean MSP assessment - October 2022
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Assessment of the relevance and effect of the MSP
Assessment of the relevance and effect of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive in the context of the European Green Deal, June 2022
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REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL outlining the progress made in implementing Directive 2014/89/EU establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning, May 2022
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How to incorporate Underwater Cultural Heritage into Maritime Spatial Planning, April 2022
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The implications of the ocean governance framework established by the United Nations for the implementation of the EU MSP Directive, April 2022
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WWF_Baltic assessment
WWF Baltic MSP assessment - March 2022.pdf
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Guidelines for implementing an Ecosystem-based Approach in MSP
Guidelines for implementing an Ecosystem-based Approach in Maritime Spatial Planning - September 2021
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Proposal for making harmonized MSP plan data available across Europe
Proposal for making harmonized MSP plan data available across Europe - Results of the work of the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on MSP data - September 2021
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Best Practice Guidance in Multi-Use Issues and Licensing Procedures, June 2021
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Overview of the effects of offshore wind farms on fisheries and aquaculture
'Overview of the effects of offshore wind farms on fisheries and aquaculture', 2021
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Systems and tools for monitoring, evaluation and revision of maritime spatial plans, including in the context of the implementation of Directive 2014/89/EU
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'Communicating MSP: an inspiring era of cooperation between institutions', November 2020
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Communicating MSP 16.04.2021 - Webinar report
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'Recommendations for positive interactions between offshore wind farms and fisheries', May 2020
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'Study on the Economic Impact of Maritime Spatial Planning' - Final Report (Abridged Version), May 2020
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'Study on the Economic Impact of Maritime Spatial Planning' - Final Report, March 2020
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The Blue Economy- Overview and EU policy framework
The blue economy Overview and EU policy framework - January 2020
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'Cross-border Consultation on Maritime Spatial Plans', December 2018
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'Addressing conflicting spatial demands in MSP', December 2018
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Study to support investment for the SBE
​Study to support investment for the sustainable development of the blue economy
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'Study on the economic benefits of Marine Protected Areas', September 2018
'Study on the economic benefits of Marine Protected Areas', September 2018
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'The 2018 Annual Economic Report on EU Blue Economy', February 2018
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'Market Study on Ocean Energy', May 2018
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'MSP for Blue Growth Study', February 2018
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'Study on costs, benefits and nature of an extended European Ocean Observing System', January 2018
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'Realising the potential of the Outermost Regions for sustainable blue growth', September 2017
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'Study on the establishment of a framework for processing and analysing of maritime economic data in Europe', June 2017
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'Towards an implementation strategy for the sustainable blue growth agenda for the Baltic sea region', June 2017
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MSP Conference - Addressing Land-Sea Interactions, June 2017
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'Cross-border cooperation in maritime spatial planning', May 2017
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'MSP Data Study, Evaluation of data and knowledge gaps to implement MSP' December 2016
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'Study on specific challenges for a sustainable development of coastal and maritime tourism in Europe', June 2016
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'Blue Growth Scenarios and drivers for Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts', August 2012
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'Legal and socio-economic studies in the field of the Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union', 2011
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'Exploring the potential of maritime spatial planning in the Mediterranean Sea', February 2011
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'Legal aspects of maritime spatial planning', 2008
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