Maritime Spatial Planning Conference - Addressing Land-Sea Interactions

15 June, 2017 - 16 June, 2017
St. Julian's, Malta
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The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission is organising a two-day conference to address the topic of Land Sea Interactions within the framework of Maritime Spatial Planning.

Land-sea interaction (LSI) is a complex phenomenon, involving both natural processes across the land-sea interface and the impact of human activities in this area. When carrying out maritime spatial planning (MSP), it is essential to consider the dynamics that occur between land and sea. That is true for sectors such as shipping or offshore wind energy, but also for the management of environmental quality. It is also important to ensure that spatial planning is conducted in an integrated manner across maritime and terrestrial areas through adequate institutional mechanisms. That is why the ‘MSP Directive’ (2014/89/EU) requires Member States to take LSI into account when preparing maritime spatial plans.

There are different ways of addressing LSI in MSP, involving different spatial scales of intervention. Some planners choose to build on the experience of integrated coastal management, others harmonise terrestrial and maritime spatial plans; and others simply plan at a scale that crosses the land-sea border. The conference will feature both experts and practitioners sharing their experience of addressing LSI in the framework of MSP. The audience will be invited to actively participate in the discussion.


Please register via the link below for the international conference “Maritime Spatial Planning: Addressing Land-Sea Interactions”. Due to restrictions on the number of attendees, registration for the conference does not guarantee participation. Early registration increases the chance of participation. Once you have registered, an email will be sent to you with more information. The conference will be held in English and is free of cost.


The event will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Julian's, Malta, from 14:00 on 15 June 2017, concluding at 13:00 on 16 June 2017. A complimentary lunch will be provided on both days as well as an evening reception taking place on 15 June for all participants. For questions concerning the conference, please send an email to

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Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE)
The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (also known in short as DG MARE) is the Commission department responsible for the implementation of the Common Fisheries policy and of the Integrated Maritime Policy. With a staff of about 400, led by Director-General João Aguiar Machado and based in Brussels, DG MARE is made up of 6 Directorates dealing with all aspects of both policies, including among others conservation, control, market measures, structural actions and international relations relating to fisheries. DG MARE reports to Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.