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Advancing Maritime Spatial Planning Data Management: Insights and Future Actions


Recognising that MSP serves as a vital tool for effectively managing marine resources, balancing conservation and economic interests, as well as the complexities and evolving nature of MSP, the European Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) convened two workshops aimed at addressing pressing challenges and charting a course for future MSP initiatives. Drawing participation from over 300 experts and policymakers, these events provided a platform for knowledge exchange, reflection, and strategic planning within the MSP community.

MSP Data Tools and Guidance: TEG on Data for MSP

The workshop, held on March 13th, organised by the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Data for MSP emphasised the significance of reliable and standardised data for informed MSP decision-making. Presentations showcased the latest tools and guidance published by the TEG, aimed at facilitating data harmonisation among EU MSs. Notably, the hybrid format enabled both in-person and online participation, fostering inclusivity and knowledge dissemination.

MSP workshop: learning from the past to address current and future challenges.

The workshop, held on March 14th, delved into key themes essential to enhance MSP effectiveness, learning from the past and advancing MSP future actions. The day centred on a comprehensive analysis of projects funded under the EMFAF/EMFF programme since 2014. Participants engaged in discussions on the challenges encountered and provided recommendations to enhance project effectiveness. Importantly, the workshop facilitated dialogue on addressing current and emerging MSP challenges, culminating in actionable suggestions for policy improvement and impact optimisation.