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MARINE
SPATIAL PLANNING

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.

Want to get involved in the Maldives Marine Spatial Plan? Click the button below to learn more about and complete the Maldives Ocean Use Survey.

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. 

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MSP
PROCESS

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SCIENTIFIC & POLICY ASSESSMENTS

  • Coral Reef Assessment executed (2020-2021)

  • Habitat mapping (2020-2021)

  • Legal & Policy Framework Assessment completed (2021)
     

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STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

  • Virtual public launch held (2020)

  • Ocean Use Survey launches (Dec. 2021)

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MARINE SPATIAL PLAN DEVELOPMENT

  • Program Governance Committee  and MSP Subcommittee convened (2020-2021)

  • Principles, Goals, Objectives for Offshore​ MSP will be developed and approved 

  • Zone typologies will be developed and approved

  • Draft MSP will be developed, approved and circulated for public consultations

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MARINE SPATIAL PLAN ADOPTION

  • Final MSP will be endorsed by Cabinet 

  • MSP bill ratified and signed into law by President

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IMPLEMENTATION & MONITORING

  • Management and implementation plans development

  • Awareness campaign

  • Administrative systems development

  • Monitoring and enforcement

CORE
PRINCIPLES

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SCIENCE-BASED

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COLLABORATIVE

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BALANCED

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COMMUNITY DRIVEN

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.

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60+ countries around the globe are using MSP to manage their ocean economies.

LINKS &
RESOURCES