Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in Macaronesia and synergies with the Maritime Spatial Planning process

Marine Policy, Volume 122

Abstract: 

The relationship between the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC (MSFD) and the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) process has been analyzed to understand which is the dominant process or where there is an overlap. In this contribution, the authors used the case study of the three archipelagos: Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, included in the European Macaronesian Sea, in order (a) to recognize/identify common principles at policy level; (b) to evaluate the first implementation cycle of MSFD (2012–2018) and its potential contribution to the MSP process in this region.

Sea Basin(s): 
Country: 
Year: 
October 2020
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Ecosystem-based approach
Environment aspects
Type of practice: 
Study
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Vision and aims
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
No
Coherence with other processes: 
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • How was the first cycle of the MSFD implemented in Macaronesia?
  • How is the MSFD integrated into the MSP process in Macaronesia?
  • How can the MSFD support MSP implementation?

Implementation Context:

This study was drafted in the framework of the EU Interreg Project PLASMAR which aims at defining and proposing robust scientific methodologies in support of MSP and Blue Economy in the Macaronesian Region and searching for a balance between the diverse maritime sectors and the conservation of the natural marine heritage.

Aspects / Objectives:

The aim of this study is to assess the first implementation cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the Macaronesian Region.

Method:

This study is based on data collection and analysis obtained from national technical reports, the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) including REPORTNET, a data support portal. Additional data obtained from the national level was also considered.

Main Outputs / Results:

This study provides an overview of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) implementation in the Macaronesia Region and highlights the advantage of its integration in Maritime Spatial Planning.

Transferability:

This study focuses on the implementation of the MSFD in Macaronesia. It is thus not transferable. 

Responsible Entity:

Biodiversity & Conservation Research Group, University Institute of Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA), Scientific & Technological Marine Park, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain).

Funding Source:

Biodiversity & Conservation Research Group, University Institute of Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA), Scientific & Technological Marine Park, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain).

Contact person:

A. Abramic: abramic@vik-ing.eu

 

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