Countries Overview

The following four tables provide summary information on the status of MSP in countries.
You can find here an overview of the national and sub-national authorities per country coupled with an indication of the status of the national Maritime Spatial Plans: in preparation or adopted.

There is also an overview provided of the adopted Maritime Spatial Plans per country and a list of the MSP authorities in each country. Additionally, you can find on this page an overview of the sectors that are integrated in each of the adopted Maritime Spatial Plans. For questions or comments, please take a look at our Questions and Answers service or submit a question here.

 

Overview of number of msp authorities & Plans per country

adopted MSP plans per country

MSP authorities per country

Sectors addressed in adopted MSP plans

 

 

 

OVERVIEW OF MSP PER COUNTRY (inlc Visions and SEA)

  Country

   Plan name

         Area Covered

Year

                SEA

      Vision

             Plan revision

Belgium Maritime Spatial Plan for the Belgium Part of the NorthSea Belgian Part of the North Sea (3,454km2) 2014

SEA on the design of the MSP   

Long term vision, goals, indiators and spatial policy decisions          Plan will be revised every 6 years
Croatia Zadar county integrated sea use and management plan The entire marine area of Zadar County (3,643 km2) 2001 Unknown Unknown Amended in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2014.
Estonia Hiiu island maritime spatial plan

Internal waters and territorial sea around Hiiu island (3786,3 km2)

2016 Unknown Unknown The plan will be evaluated every 7 years,. If changes are necessary, a new plan must be initiated and adopted.
Estonia Pärnu Bay area maritime spatial plan 

Internal waters and territorial sea in Pärnu Bay area (2594,3 km2)

2017 Unknown Unknown The plan will be evaluated every 7 years. If changes are necessary, a new plan must be initiated and adopted.
Finland Regional land use plan for the Sea, Kymenlaakso Region Kymenlaakso Region including the Territorial Sea (1,822 km2) 2013 Unknown Unknown The plan will be revised whenever deemed necessary.
Germany Maritime Spatial Plan for the EEZ of the Baltic Sea German EEZ in the Baltic Sea (4.500 km2) 2009 Strategic Env. Assessment Unknown The Plan will be reviewed during the next legislative period in 2017/8.
Germany Maritime Spatial Plan for the EEZ of the North Sea German EEZ in the North Sea (28,600 km2) 2009 Stategic Env. Assessment Unknown The Plan will be reviewed during the next legislative period in 2017/8.
Germany Maritime Spatial Plan for the Territorial Sea of the Baltic and North Sea – Schleswig Holstein The plan covers the land as well as the marine areas of Schleswig-Holstein as far as the territorial sea border. Inland Waters and Territorial Sea in the Baltic Sea: 10.900 km2; in the North Sea: 12.500 km2 2010 Umweltbericht Unknown The State Development Plan was last amended in 2015. The start of the consultation for this plan is anticipated for autumn 2017.
Germany Maritime Spatial Plan for the Territorial Sea of the Baltic Sea – Mecklenburg Vorpommern The plan covers the entire land as well as the marine areas of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as far as the territorial sea border. Inland Waters and Territorial Sea in the Baltic Sea: 10.900 km2 2016 Umweltbericht Unknown The Spatial Development Plan was extended to the 12-nm zone between 2003-2005 and adopted in 2005. Between 2013-2015 it was updated and became a legally binding act in 2016. The Law on Spatial Planning will be revised during the next legislative period in 2021.
Germany Maritime Spatial Plan for the Territorial Sea of the North Sea – Lower Saxony The plan covers the land as well as the marine areas of Lower Saxony as far as the territorial sea border. Inland Waters and Territorial Sea in the North Sea: 12.500 km2 2006

Umweltbericht zur Änderung der Verordnung über das Landes-Raumordnungsprogramm Niedersachsen

Unknown The spatial planning programme (LROP) of Lower Saxony has been revised and amended in 2008 and 2012. There exist three current drafts due to an amendment process of the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. 
Lithuania The Comprehensive Plan of the Republic of Lithuania (and its part “Maritime territories “) The entire marine area of Lithuania (6,405 km2) 2015 Summary of Strategic Env. Assessment Unknown Unknown
Malta The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development Maltese marine waters up to the 25 nm limit of the Fisheries Management Conservation Zone (11,679 km2) 2015

Strategic Environmental

Assessement

 

Unknown Unknown
Netherlands Policy Document on the North Sea, 2016 – 2021 (part of Dutch Waterplan) The Dutch EEZ and territorial sea (58,000 km2) 2015 PlanMER national Waterplan NorthSea 2050 Spatial Agenda  A revision is planned for 2018.
United Kingdom East Inshore Marine Plan The coastline stretching from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe, extending  from mean high water out to 12 nautical miles, including inland areas and other waters subject to tidal influence (6,000 km2). 2014

East Marine Plans Sustainability Appraisal

Draft vision and objectives for East marine
plans

 
The Marine Management Organization has a duty to review and report on the effectiveness of the plans at intervals of not more than three years after each marine plan is adopted. After each report, the marine planning authority will decide whether or not the marine plan needs to be amended or replaced.
United Kingdom East Offshore Marine Plan The marine area from 12 nautical miles out to the maritime borders with the Netherlands, Belgium and France, (approximately 49,000 km2). 2014

East Marine Plans Sustainability Appraisal

Draft vision and objectives for East marine
plans 

 
The Marine Management Organization has a duty to review and report on the effectiveness of the plans at intervals of not more than three years after each marine plan is adopted. After each report, the marine planning authority will decide whether or not the marine plan needs to be amended or replaced.
United Kingdom National Marine Plan (Scotland) Scottish inshore and offshore waters (over 460,000 km2) 2015

Sustainability Appraisal Report

Making the most
of Scotland’s seas
The Plan will be reviewed and reported upon as is required by the Marine Acts.
           

 

 

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