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IOC-UNESCO and European Commission boost development of Marine Spatial Planning and Sustainable Blue Economy worldwide

Date: 24 November 2020

Although the adoption of marine spatial plans is increasing worldwide, many regions and countries still need support to adopt or fully implement them. 

In this context, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries adopted in March 2017 a Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide (MSProadmap), which has two main objectives at regional level:

  • Strengthen institutional capacities in relation to Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and the Sustainable Blue Economy;
  • Strengthen institutional coordination for the adoption of a roadmap.

With the support of Sweden, as well as national and regional authorities and partners, a series of online and face-to-face events took place throughout the months of October and November 2020 to build collective capacities to respond to emerging ocean issues, facilitate exchanges among public and private stakeholders, and formulate recommendations for the development of MSP and the Sustainable Blue Economy in each country/region.

The activities involved officials, technicians and experts, representatives of maritime sectors, local stakeholders and civil society:

  • Technical workshops on environmental pressures, cumulative impacts and tools to support decision-making in Africa: exchange good practices and lessons learned to tackle environmental challenges associated with the implementation of MSP in the region;
  • Trainings on MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy: take stock of existing initiatives and processes at national scale and explore future opportunities and perspectives.

The presentations from these activities can be found below.

Cabo Verde (Technical meeting / National webinar) Lebanon
Cameroon (Session 1 / Session 2) Levant and PERSGA region
Costa Rica Madagascar (Sustainable Blue Economy / MSP)
El Salvador Mauritius
Gabon Mexico (MSP / Sustainable Blue Economy)
Ghana Mozambique (Environmental pressures / MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy)
Guatemala Panama
Gulf of Guinea (Environmental pressures / MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy) Tanzania
Kenya (Environmental pressures [Day 1 / Day 2] / MSP [Day 1 / Day 2]) Trinidad and Tobago (Inter-agency meeting / Inter-institutional meeting / National webinar)
Latin America and Caribbean  


For more information, please contact:

Alejandro Iglesias Campos, Programme Specialist (a.iglesias-campos@unesco.org)