Analysis of data, portals, tools and methods supporting MSP processes


This analysis identifies and describes the data, portals, tools and methods available for meeting data and information requirements for MSP in the Eastern Mediterranean. It focuses on existing data, platforms, and infrastructures, and sets out recommendations on how these can be optimized to meet cross-border integration planning challenges in the region.  

Sea Basin(s): 
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Key words: 

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What tools and data are available for the development and implementation of maritime spatial plans?

Implementation Context:

This analysis was developed under the objective of the SUPREME project of supporting Maritime Spatial Planning amongst the Eastern Mediterranean EU member-states. This analysis seeks to identify and describe the data, portals, tools and methods available in the region for the implementation of MSP.  

Aspects / Objectives:

The objectives of this analysis are the following:

  • Support access to and use of maritime spatial data by carrying out an analysis of data needs and existing data gaps and weaknesses. It focused on data for cross-border integration and transboundary interoperability. 
  • Investigate and test tools that are designed to support the maritime spatial planning process, with a particular focus on supporting ecosystem based management approaches.  


A Data and tools group was created with the participation of SUPREME project partners to achieve the following tasks:

  • Share information, knowledge and experiences 
  • Act as a reference point at a national level for review activities and stakeholder surveying
  • Discuss technical issues related to data collection and management, interoperability of data, portals and tools
  • Connect and keep updated all SUPREME activities related to data and tools for the implementation of MSP at a national level

The following methodology was applied:

Main Outputs / Results:

An analysis of data, portals and tools available for supporting MSP in the proposed region which was divided in the following manner:

1) Data: Current state analysis, identifying the available datasets for the area. Gaps and weaknesses in relation to existing data gaps and transboundary perspectives. Identification of a series of actions to overcome data gaps and improve data collection

2) Portals: Identification of best practices and ICT infrastructure (geoportals, spatial data infrastructure) for effective data exchange and sharing. Identification of gaps and weaknesses for data interoperability. A list of guidelines for data management and improvement.

3) Tools: Review of the current practical software available for the MSP process and an identification of gaps and weaknesses of these tools. 


The identification and testing of the available data and tools in the present analysis can be used a methodological framework model for other Sea basins.  

Responsible Entity:


Costs / Funding Source:

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of the European Union-through the Grant Agreement EASME/EMFF/2015/ –SUPREME

Contact person:

Stefano Menegon