We are planning for the future of the Maldives and we need your help!
Noo Raajje is developing a Marine Spatial Plan to sustainably manage the Maldivian ocean so that it will flourish for future generations. By taking a holistic approach to ocean management and stewardship, we can build a brighter future for the Maldivian economy, community and environment.
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a public participatory process that uses the best available information about the natural environment and human activities (such as fishing, tourism, shipping, renewable energy, aquaculture, and infrastructure) to plan for future use and conservation of ocean space.
The Maldives Marine Spatial Plan is being planned in two phases:
Offshore Marine Spatial Plan: 12-200 nautical miles from the coastline
Coastal Marine Spatial Plan: 0-12 nautical miles from the coastline
The Draft Offshore Marine Spatial Plan is available for public comment from now through April XX. Follow Noo Raajje on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with program updates.
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Habitats rich in biodiversity:
Species important to the ocean ecosystem:
Cold water corals
MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING
is a public participatory process to determine the best uses of ocean space.
The result is a map-based Marine Spatial Plan. Countries use their plans to designate what activities are allowed in each ocean space, what areas should be protected, and what implementation measures are needed to achieve their goals.
MARINE SPATIAL PLAN
Achieves local goals for economic growth and marine protection
Improves fishing and livelihoods
Healthier marine environments and increased resilience to climate change
Creates more opportunities for future generations
Locally led, participatory, and based on best available science and information
Reduces ocean user conflict
Marine Spatial Planning is driven by community and stakeholder input throughout the process.
PROCESS & DEVELOPMENT
SCIENTIFIC & POLICY ASSESSMENTS
Coral Reef Assessment executed (2020-2021)
Habitat mapping (2020-2021)
Legal & Policy Framework Assessment completed (2021)
Virtual public launch held (2020)
Ocean Use Survey completed (June 2022)
MARINE SPATIAL PLAN DEVELOPMENT
Program Governance Committee and MSP Subcommittee convened (2020-2021)
Principles, Goals, Objectives for Offshore MSP developed and approved
Zone typologies will be developed and approved
Draft MSP will be developed, approved and circulated for public consultations
MARINE SPATIAL PLAN ADOPTION
Final MSP will be endorsed by Cabinet
MSP bill ratified and signed into law by President
IMPLEMENTATION & MONITORING
Management and implementation plans development
Administrative systems development
Monitoring and enforcement
GOES INTO A MARINE SPATIAL PLAN?
Data and Gathering Analysis
Implementation and Enforcement
Monitoring and Review
Government of Maldives
The MSP Working Group is co-chaired by representatives from:
Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture
Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure
Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology
Environmental Protection Agency
Additional government stakeholders involved in providing data and input throughout various stages of the MSP planning process include:
The President’s Office
The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Coast Guard and Hydrography
Communications Authority of Maldives (CAM)
Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Tourism
Attorney General’s Office (AGO)
Blue Prosperity Coalition
The Blue Prosperity Coalition is a global network of NGOs, academic institutions, foundations, and other organizations working together to assist committed governments in developing and implementing sustainable Marine Spatial Plans to protect the environment and improve the economy at the same time.
Noo Raajje has been engaging with stakeholders
Noo Raajje Steering Committee (link to list)
SeaSketch is a digital mapping tool developed by the creative people in the McClintock Lab at the Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara.
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100+ countries around the globe are using MSP to manage their ocean economies.
MSP Around the Globe - UNESCO Marine Spatial Planning Programme
Designating Marine Spatial Planning for Implementation: A Guide for Legal Drafters - May 2020
Draft Offshore MSP - Gazetted doc
Offshore MSP Feedback Form
Link to narrated presentation on draft MSP for public (English and Dhivehi)
Link to narrated OUS explanation presentation?
Link to narrated NR program overview and why MSP presentation used in phase 1 engagement