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Marine Plan: Marine spatial planning and policy (2012)

University of Sevilla - Spain


The MARINEPLAN site responds to the phenomenon of the international extension of new maritime policies and planning initiatives. In the European Union, this process starts with the Green Paper (2006) and in Spain with the Law 41/2010 on the protection of the marine environment that transposes the Directive on Marine Strategy (2008). This Plan complements the Territorial Plans established by the Autonomous Communities, with the objective of ensuring coordination in actions to combat pollution on the coast, particularly in cases where more than one Autonomous Community is affected or when the Intervention of means of other States, that is, when the contamination episode is supra-autonomous or supranational, or in those cases of special need in which the danger of irreparable damages is imminent.

MARINEPLAN integrates different results and products of this academic activity, thus providing access to materials that may be useful for public managers and researchers. The cartographic documents occupy a relevant place with the integration of a viewer that allows in a dynamic way to access and to use the wide cartography produced.

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Questions this practice may help answer

  • How were specific planning steps (e.g. stocktake, conflict analysis) implemented within MarinePlan?
  • What were the outcomes of the activities that that took place within the context of MarinePlan?
  • What lessons can be learned from the MarinePlan experience?

Implementation Context

This publication provides an overview of the outcomes, results and lessons to be learnt from the numerous activities undertaken within the context of the Plan Ribera, and it is mostly based on activities and results of itself.

Aspects / Objectives

The purpose of this report is to extract general lessons which can be applied to other maritime planning contexts, in the hope of offering useful pointers on how to tackle MSP processes both at the national and the transnational level.


The project has proposed different kinds of subdivisions for the sea areas, that way each one can be analyzed in an individual way.

Main Outputs / Results

Guidelines, recommendations and measures

  • Support, enhance and implement the European Commission initiatives in The generation of information and the availability of databases. From Of special relevance to Spain is its status as a coastal State Mediterranean region where international cooperation is indispensable for a Correct governance of this basin.
  • Promote cooperation between regional scientific institutions. Although the major marine scientific infrastructures depend on the General Administration of the State, the autonomous communities, in the exercise Have created their own research institutions. Tailored to their specific needs. Coordination between Institutions and between national institutions and national institutions is Contribute to the development of EU MIP initiatives.
  • Creation of marine cadastres. The length of coast of the nation and the Extent of its jurisdictional waters constitute important elements for the Development of this basic instrument for spatial planning. The Existence of ten riparian autonomous communities (two of them islands) Facilitates the implementation of this new territorial information tool from Experience and initiatives that, like coastal SIGs, make it possible to An information structure at the service of better environmental management Coastal-marine.
  • Maritime atlas, statistics and socio-economic studies. The First steps towards the development of a maritime policy and planning Space need information support in territorial terms, Statistics and socio-economic analyzes, aspects that show a remarkable Deficits in relation to oceanographic information, social studies and Economic benefits.
  • Create new maritime information, cartography and databases. The Maritime spatial planning will require the generation of new information and Databases that are appropriate for this purpose. Although the Has already taken an initiative in this respect (EMODNET), both the General Administration of the State as the autonomous communities must Coordinate the generation of plans to create Appropriate information for the scales to which your application is needed And integrate them to have a coherent system that guarantees the objective Maritime policies, ie their integrated nature.


Although this report draws mainly on the MarinePlan experience, it is its stated purpose to extract general lessons that can be applied to other maritime planning contexts.

Contact Person

Juan Luís Suárez de Vivero

Faculty of Geography and History, Department of Human Geography. University of Seville

C/ María de Padilla, s/n. 41004 Seville, Spain

Tel. +34 954 55 13 65 (vivero[at]us[dot]es)

Responsible Entity

Faculty of Geography and History, Department of Human Geography. University of Seville

C/ María de Padilla, s/n. 41004 Seville, Spain

Tel. +34 954 55 13 66