MarSP Atlas of the Macaronesia

Abstract: 

The document provides detailed maps of the maritime issues in the Macronesia. It was produced within the context of the MarSP project, with the purpose of assisting the competent authorities of Portugal and Spain to implement maritime spatial planning in the Macaronesian Archipelagos of Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

Sea Basin(s): 
Country: 
Year: 
2019
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Cross-border cooperation
Data
Economic aspects
Environment aspects
Land-sea interactions
Safety aspects
Sea-basin cooperation
Social aspects
Type of practice: 
Other
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Coherence with other processes: 
Common Fisheries Policy
Habitats and Birds Directive
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Renewable Energy Directive

QUESTIONS THIS PRACTICE MAY HELP ANSWER:

  • Where are the marine environmental features in Macaronesia?
  • Where do maritime activities occur in Macaronesia?
  • What is the general Atlantic maritime geopolitical context?

IMPLEMENTATION CONTEXT:

The document was produced in the context of the MarSP project (completed in December 2019), with the aim of improving the Maritime Spatial Planning process in the archipelagos of Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

ASPECTS / OBJECTIVES:

The document provides an overview of the maritime situation and issues in the Macaronesia, including statistics and maps for building a knowledge base of the area and supporting the regional MSP process.

METHOD:

All maps are produced using the official data.

MAIN OUTPUTS / RESULTS:

The document summarises the main existing maritime uses in the Macaronesia, and contextualises the situation of the archipelagos from a general Atlantic geopolitical context. It provides a set of maps showing current maritime activities and main marine environmental features.

TRANSFERABILITY:

The Atlas is specific to the Macaronesian region.

Responsible Entity:

Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT)

Governo dos Açores - Secretaria Regional do Mar, Ciência e Tecnologia (DRAM)

Costs / Funding Source:

The MarSP Project was 80% financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The total project budget constituted 2,1M€.

Contact person:

Project contact: marsp.project@gmail.com

Project coordinator: maria.lp.martin@azores.gov.pt