Cross border cooperation for Maritime Spatial Planning Development

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2014 - January 2015
Specific Funding Programme: 

Interreg A: Cross-Border Cooperation Programme “Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013”



About the Project: 

ΘΑΛ-ΧΩΡ (THAL-CHOR) aimed at developing a methodology for MSP and then using this methodology for pilot application in selected areas in Cyprus (Limassol area) and Greece (Islands of Lesvos and Rhodes). Resolution of spatial conflicts between different uses of the sea, better coordination between stakeholders and strengthening cross-border cooperation were also project’s objectives. The following actions took place:

  • Stock-taking of human activities at sea and analysis of main features of the marine environment;
  • Development of a Web-GIS to display all collected data;
  • Overview of the legal framework and recommendations for its improvement;
  • Definition of future priorities and analysis of the future state in terms of evolution of existing activities and development of new ones;
  • Pilot implementation of MSP in selected areas and drafting of pilot maritime spatial plans;
  • Evaluation of the methodology followed for implementing MSP and identification of good practices.

Project partners

  • Ministry of Transport, Communication and Works - Department of Merchant Shipping (CY) – Lead Partner
  • Ministry of Interior - Department of Land and Survey (CY)
  • Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy - Special Service of European Funds Management (EL)
  • University of the Aegean (EL)
  • Cyprus University of Technology (CY)
  • Oceanography Centre of the University of Cyprus (CY)