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Imagine approach for stakeholder involvement


The Imagine Approach proposes a set of methods and tools to support the  establishment of integrated coastal zone management processes. It was originally designed for use in the Mediterranean, through the engagement of relevant stakeholders.

Application in MSP:
Type of Issue:
Type of practice:
Stage of MSP cycle:
Coherence with other processes:
Key words:

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • How can stakeholders be engaged in maritime spatial planning?

Implementation Context:

This methodology was originally developed was developed by Plan Bleu jointly with Dr. Simon Bell (Bayswater Institute, UK). It was then applied in the cases from the SUPREME project to support a transboundary approach to MSP and cross-border cooperation amongst EU member-states in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Aspects / Objectives:

The aim of this methodology is to provide conceptual guidance for supporting the establishment of integrated coastal zone management processes in the Mediterranean, through the engagement of relevant stakeholders.


The application of the Imagine approach is structured around four stages and five workshops. It is designed as an iterative  process, meaning  that  it should  be  re-implemented  periodically, taking into account the constant development and evolvement of the subject area and its environmental and socioeconomic characteristics. This is well reflected in the figure below, using the symbol of infinity to present its different stages and workshops.

Main Outputs / Results:

The imagine methodology to be used in workshops:


Although the SUPREME Project focuses on the EU Member States of the Eastern Mediterranean sub region, the methodology can be applied to the whole of the Mediterranean region and in other sea basins. 

Responsible Entity:

UN Environment Programme/ MAP

Costs / Funding Source:

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

Contact person:

Stavros Antoniadis 

UNEP-MAP (stavros[dot]antoniadis[at]un[dot]org)