MSP-TRANS: Development of principles and recommendations in the fields of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), nature conservation and nature protection legislation in order to incorporate the Ecosystem-Based Approach (EBA) into the spatial planning of OSPAR and HELCOM marine waters as well as the German EEZ.
The aim of the R&D project is to develop scientific principles and recommendations for spatial planning, nature conservation and conservation legislation in order to establish transnational Marine Spatial Planning as well as to facilitate the application of the Ecosystem-Based Approach to MSP procedures.
A further aim is to feed the results of the project into national Marine Spatial Planning as well as into the international discourses on MSP. At the national level, this includes, in particular, monitoring the updating of the spatial development plans for Germany’s EEZ. At the international level, the knowledge gained will serve as a basis for cooperation as well as to harmonize ecosystem-based spatial development plans. In this way the project will contribute to ensuring the sustainable use of the oceans, an integrated maritime policy and, in particular, the protection of the marine environment while implementing national policies and meeting international, European and regional requirements.
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), Rostock, Germany.