Overview of MSP related maritime uses
The National Ocean Strategy 2013-2020, according to its action plan, refers to the following maritime activities:
- Natural Living Resources:
- Natural Non Living Resources:
- Mineral extraction
- Offshore renewable energy production
- Infrastructures, uses and activities:
- Other current uses: marine biotechnology, coastal defense
The action plan also focuses on activities related to knowledge of the ocean and the atmosphere and scientific research in different domains and to some administrative and governance aspects.
The national MSP framework establishes also the regime for private use of the maritime space of the following uses and activities:
- Marine biotechnology
- Mineral extraction
- Offshore energy
- Scientific research
- Under water cultural heritage
Which maritime spatial plans exist?
Pilot plans for MSP exist. Please see the database for more detailed information.
In April 2014, Law No. 17/2014 on ‘marine spatial planning and management’ (LBOGEM) was approved as the fundamental law for MSP for all the Portuguese maritime space, including the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. Its enabling legislation, Decree-Law No. 38/2015, entered into force on 12 March 2015, and develops the marine spatial planning and management fundamental law, defining, among others, the regime of maritime spatial planning instruments and the private use of maritime space regime. This is seen as a framework of the Planning and Management of the National Maritime Space, following the MSP study Planning and Ordering of Maritime Space “POEM”, published in late 2012.
In 2015, Order No. 11494/2015 established the beginning of the preparation and development of the Situation Plan, the Portuguese MSP, defining the competent authorities for preparation and support of the process.
National MSP authority
Directorate General for Maritime Policy (DGPM)
(Senior Technical Expert)
Autonoumus Region of Azores:
Directorate Regional for Maritime Affairs
Autonomus Region of Madeira:
Regional Directorate for Spatial Planning and Environment
Manuel Ara Oliveira
Last Update 11.10.2016