In the busy ocean, how do we adequately balance the needs of diverse ocean users while keeping the marine environment healthy and accessible now and for future generations?
The answer is Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). MSP is a public participatory process that uses the best available information about the natural environment and human activities (such as fishing, shipping, renewable energy, aquaculture, and infrastructure) to direct how we plan for future use and conservation of ocean space.
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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.
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
Using best available information about the natural environment and human uses to make informed decisions.
Engaging ocean stakeholders and communities to ensure all voices are heard and represented.
Prioritizing environmental protection, economic prosperity, and societal wellbeing.
Driven by local community priorities and concerns to benefit future generations.