Seminar on Marine Spatial Planning

The Hong Kong branch of The Nautical Institute is organising a seminar on marine spatial planning on 8 November 2013. Marine spatial planning is becoming increasingly important to the shipping sector and all associated industries dependent on marine resources. The branch’s 2013 seminar is to engage maritime professionals and other stakeholders in Hong Kong’s waterways, such as commercial shipping companies, environmentalists, government departments, recreational users and Hong Kong citizens, to discuss the optimal and sustainable usage of Hong Kong’s marine areas and resources. The seminar aims to start a discussion involving a broad spectrum of stakeholders which will help raise... (read more)
2013-10-31 09:31:24

Baltic-wide Maritime Spatial Planning

The work on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea region is being followed up and further advanced in an intensive two-day meeting in Helsinki, Finland. The MSP Working Group by Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) and Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea (VASAB) is expected to evaluate the use of the joint broad scale MSP principles, adopted to give guidance for more coherent MSP systems in the Baltic. The HELCOM Ministers agreed in 2010 to test, apply and evaluate the use of these joint principles when developing national Maritime Spatial Planning initiatives, as well as when using them regionally.... (read more)
2012-09-14 12:00:00

Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

On 14th December 2009, US' President Obama's Ocean Policy Task Force released its Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Interim Framework) for a 60-day public review and comment period. With competing interests in the ocean, the coasts and the Great Lakes, the Interim Framework offers a comprehensive, integrated approach to planning and managing uses and activities.     Under the Framework, coastal and marine spatial planning would be regional in scope, developed cooperatively among Federal, State, tribal, local authorities, and regional governance structure.  Everyone is encouraged to comment by mid-February 2010.     (read more)
2010-01-07 09:41:01

Marine Milestone for England's Marine Spatial Planning

England’s first ever plans for the future of our seas have been published on 2 April 2014. The marine plans – which provide guidance for sustainable development in English waters – cover the coast and seas from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe. They have been developed by the Marine Management Organisation on behalf of the Secretary of State Owen Paterson, who has formally approved the plans. An interactive tool called the Marine Information System, explaining how marine plans affect parrticular areas, has been presented. Marine plans will inform and guide decisions on development in marine and coastal areas, while conserving and enhancing the environment... (read more)
2014-04-14 12:00:00

Memorial University Launches Marine Spatial Planning Programme

The Memorial University Fisheries and Marine Institute, USA, will inaugurate the new Master of Marine Studies in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Management, the first graduate programme of its kind in Canada, in September 2016. The programme focuses on governance, policy/legislative, ecological, socio-economic, cultural, and technological elements of sustainable ocean and coastal zone development, planning and management. Students will study the mapping and analysis of human activities and environmental features as part of planning environmentally/economically sustainable use of coastal and marine environments. Students will also learn conflict management and facilitation to effectively engage coastal and ocean regulators and stakeholders. The... (read more)
2016-02-17 01:51:29

Coherent Implementation of Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning

Future implementation of the European Union (EU) Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea region as well as exchange of MSP data were among the main topics of the 9th Meeting of the MSP Working Group of Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) and Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea (VASAB), which closed on 16 June 2014 in Riga, Latvia. The EU member states of the Baltic Sea region will face the implementation of the MSP Directive after its final adoption by the Council of the European Union, anticipated to take place on 23 July 2014.... (read more)
2014-06-17 04:25:12

Spatial Planning Support for Marine Park

At the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi last week, the Geographic Information System (GIS) software company Esri committed to building a database for the Cook Islands Marine Park to aid in the spatial planning of the 1 million sq km park, which was officially announced earlier this year by the Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna.     This new commitment is in response to Prime Minister Henry Puna's challenge, which was issued to the international community at the summit, to provide support to developing countries who have expressed a commitment to protecting the oceans.   The Cook... (read more)
2011-12-23 12:00:00

Marine Spatial Planning in North Sea Region

Ocean businesses gathered online to discuss the challenges and perspectives of marine spatial planning (MSP) in the North Sea region at a World Ocean Council (WOC) and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) webinar on Monday, 29 February 2016. Industry representatives were able to inform the approach to MSP in the North Sea and beyond and strengthen the network of ocean industry leaders in the region. With the North Sea as an increasingly industrialised and crucial region for the EU maritime economy, both governmental bodies and companies have emphasised the need to minimise conflicts between existing and new offshore uses.... (read more)
2016-03-21 03:05:55

Bothnic Marine Spatial Planning Translated into Vietnamese

In May 2013 the HELCOM Secretariat received an unexpected email from Vietnam, asking for permission to translate the book Planning the Bothnian Sea into Vietnamese. Five months later, in October 2013, HELCOM were astonished to receive an email with a complete Vietnamese version of the book. Every single word and graph on the 153 original pages had been meticulously translated by Department of Sustainable Development and Response to Climate Change at the Hanoi-based Development Strategy Institute (DSI), under the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam. Find the Vietnamese version of Planning the Bothnian Sea. The book, the final report... (read more)
2013-10-21 12:00:00

Baltic Sea Ecosystem-based Approach in Maritime Spatial Planning

The HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group has agreed on the procedurally oriented guideline which will help applying the ecosystem-based approach in maritime spatial planning (MSP) in practice, being also in accordance with spatial planning legislation in force in the Baltic Sea countries. This guideline fulfils, on schedule, the commitment made in the Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap (2013-2020), adopted at the HELCOM 2013 Ministerial Meeting and the VASAB 2014 Ministerial Conference. The ecosystem approach has been agreed as an overall principle for MSP. The Guideline takes into account the relevant legal and policy context for the ecosystem-based approach, such as... (read more)
2015-10-06 10:22:27
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