Initiating and Managing an MSP Process

Marine spatial planning (MSP) is the focus of considerable interest worldwide. In the past decade, it has grown from initiatives in a handful of places, mostly in Western Europe and North America, to over 60 initiatives around the world in various stages of development. Depending on each locale's unique ecological and socioeconomic character, MSP processes can involve any of a number of elements and buzzwords - including ecosystem-based management, marine protected areas, Blue Growth, Large Marine Ecosystems, transboundary management, adaptive management, and much more. The list below offers a start to understanding the steps in building an effective MSP process, and how to continue that process through creation of a useful spatial plan and beyond.

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