The European Commission has published a study on the Blue Growth potential of the Outermost Regions (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Martin, Madeira, the Azores and Canary Islands). The reports cover the state of play, identify potential new maritime activities, present a gap analysis and recommendations for actions to help fill these gaps, and provides insights and evidence on the new growth potential.
Read the study here
The 'Because the Ocean' workshop at the UNFCC CoP23 was organised to follow-up on the CoP21 and CoP22 conference, where over 20 parties acknowledged that while the ocean plays a central role in regulating the climate system, it is also a major receptor of climate change impacts.
According to these declarations, both aspects deserve increased attention within UNFCCC discussions and a better consideration of the interlinkages between climate and ocean policies, at the international and the domestic level, is necessary.
The workshop was organised on the eve of COP23 to discuss how the ocean could be more strongly, and more effectively, integrated in the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the building blocks of the Paris Agreement. This brief report revolves around 3 key messages that deal with the following statements:
- Integrating the ocean in NDCs will require a dedicated and systematic effort
- Ocean-minded NDCs should help climate policies and ocean conservation to mutually reinforce each other
- Reinforcing the knowledge base needed to take into account the ocean in climate action
Check out the latest newsletter and stay up-to-date about the latest outputs from the MSP4BG conference, the roundtable on socio-economic aspects of MSP, the SIMCELT and MUSES projects, as well as funding opportunities, country updates & much more!
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An updated version of the Country Information Profile has been published for Portugal, including new contact information for relevant authorities in the Portuguese autonomous regions.
Read the Country Information Profile here
The Our Ocean conference realised a total of nearly 300 commitments, from which 100 came from the private sector. The 36 commitments from the EU pledge 550 million euros. The total pledge of the EU, together with the Member States and the European Investment Bank, exceeds 2.8 billion euros. The UN Climate Change Conference COP23 is taking place from 6 - 23 November in Bonn, Germany, with a special day dedicated to oceans and coastal zones.
In Cyprus, the national MSP Bill (Law 114(I) of 2017) was approved on 29 September. The Bill clearly defines the responsibilities and the role of the various institutions in MSP:
- Maritime Spatial Planning Committee (15 members: ministries/ departments / services of the government) (responsible for the preparation of the draft Maritime Spatial Plan);
- Inter-ministerial Committee (6 Ministers) (responsible for the per-approval of the Plan);
- The Council of Ministers ((final approval of the Plan);
- The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works (as the central coordinating Competent Authority) is responsible for coordinating the necessary actions for MSP.
Many new items have been added to the EU MSP Platform website in the month of October, take a look below!
- Outputs published from the Maritime Spatial Planning for Blue Growth conference
- Related Initiatives and Databases Page now includes 7 sources
- Updated country fiche for Portugal
- Trainings page updated with new training opportunities for 2017 and 2018
- Re-design of the Events page and Homepage (new sliders!)
- Overview of EU Member States MSP's, SEA processes and Visions published on Country Overview Page
- Team page now include short bios of all team members
- Report published from MSP and Land-Sea Interactions Conference
- Socio-economics roundtable report and presentations published
The MSP Research Network is an informal grouping of scientists, policy-makers and practitioners who wish to contribute to the development of marine spatial planning through academic-based research. Currently a call is open for research news items to be included in a bi-annual newsletter. The newsletter will serve as a means of collating and sharing updates on MSP research. The aim is to circulate the first newsletter in early 2018. Items should be no more than 300 words, relate to research activity that happened in 2016 or will happen in 2017, and contain a link to where more detailed information can be found. Deadline for inclusion in the first newsletter is 5th January 2017. The Network requests submissions of research news, updates, outputs or relevant calls to be sent to this email address with “call for information for MSPRN Newsletter” in the subject line.
The programme has been published for the SimCelt Final Conference. This conference will bring together stakeholders, practitioners, maritime industries, government agencies and researchers involved in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Celtic Seas and beyond. The SIMCelt project team will join other scientific, policy, user and academic perspectives in addressing key issues relating to transboundary cooperation in MSP.
Key results from the SIMCelt project will be shared:
- SIMCelt data portal
- Stakeholder engagement techniques
- Future scenarios for development in the Celtic Seas
- Using an ecosystem based approach and how to consider cumulative impacts
Insights from other initiatives will reveal a diversity of approach in
- MSP education
- Land-Sea interactions
- Different European regions
- Blue growth and social inclusivity
Additional outputs are now available from the conference Maritime Spatial Planning for Blue Growth: How to plan for a Sustainable Blue Economy?, organised by the European MSP Platform on behalf of the European Commission. These include:
- Key messages from the conference sessions and discussions
The conference was held 11 - 12 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, and attracted a diverse group of participants for lively discussion and exchange on how maritime spatial planning can be applied to accommodate sustainable maritime economic development.
Additional outputs, including a conference report, will be made available over the coming weeks. Information collected during the conference will be included in the forthcoming Technical Study on MSP for Blue Growth, to be made available in late 2017.
The summary report from the Socio-economic round table, held on 3 July 2017 in Berlin, is now available along with presentations on the MSP Platform website. All outputs from the round table can be accessed here.
The idea of the round table was to exchange information about on-going research and to gather a better understanding of socio-economics for MSP. Currently research on socio-economic aspects of MSP is still in its infancy and involved researchers may be interested in methodologies and approaches used in other projects. The round table sought to foster a better understanding of these methods and additionally inspire concrete research questions.
For more information, please contact Susanne Altvater.
Presentations are now available online from the conference Maritime Spatial Planning for Blue Growth: How to plan for a Sustainable Blue Economy?, organised by the European MSP Platform on behalf of the European Commission. The conference was held 11 - 12 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, and attracted a diverse group of participants for lively discussion and exchange on how maritime spatial planning can be applied to accommodate sustainable maritime economic development.
Additional outputs, including photos and a conference report, will be made available over the coming weeks. Information collected during the conference will be included in the forthcoming Technical Study on MSP for Blue Growth, to be made available in late 2017.