Marine Spatial Planning
Marine Spatial Planning is a process used to plan the use and development of coastal and marine areas. This is a public, stakeholder-driven and science-based process that involves mapping out different activities and uses in a specific marine area, such as shipping lanes, fishing grounds, and renewable energy sites, and then determining how they can best coexist and be managed sustainably.
The goal of Marine Spatial Planning is to balance the competing demands on marine resources and to ensure that they are used in a way that is environmentally responsible, economically beneficial, and socially equitable. Marine Spatial Planning also helps to identify important marine habitats and species that need protection, and to plan for potential impacts of climate change on the marine environment.
It 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.
The Waitt Institute team includes experts in the science, policy, legal, and communications fields. We bring our technical expertise to support our government partners in developing and implementing Marine Spatial Plans, in support of a more sustainable future for our ocean.
MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING
A process used to plan the use and development of coastal and marine areas.
This is a public, stakeholder-driven and science-based process that involves mapping out different activities and uses in a specific marine area, such as shipping lanes, fishing grounds, and renewable energy sites, and then determining how they can best coexist and be managed sustainably.
World-class experience with MSP across widely varying social, cultural, policy, and scientific settings
Support in public consultation, scientific and legal assessments, communications, and strategies for MSP development and implementation
Engaging ocean stakeholders and communities to ensure all voices are heard and represented.
Using best available information about the natural environment and human uses to make informed decisions.
Prioritizing environmental protection, economic prosperity, and societal wellbeing.
SCIENTIFIC & POLICY ASSESSMENTS
MARINE SPATIAL PLAN DEVELOPMENT
MARINE SPATIAL PLAN ADOPTION
IMPLEMENTATION & MONITORING
Barbuda is a 160 sq. km. island in the Eastern Caribbean known for its blue water and pristine beaches. The island’s economy is reliant on the shipment of conch, lobster, and other exports. In 2014, Barbuda passed a Marine Spatial Plan to protect 33% of their ocean and create five marine sanctuaries to preserve their economy and livelihoods for future generations.
The MSP was developed with input from a number of community consultations to understand Barbudans’ priorities for conservation and zone boundaries, as well as a legal framework assessment to understand existing laws and regulations. All of the zones were drawn by Barbudans.
Marine Spatial Planning Director
Policy planning and policy expert with 15+ years of experience developing innovative solutions to further ocean conservation and spatial planning for communities.
Manager overseeing design and implementation of nationwide Ocean Use Surveys.
Scientist with extensive experience creating portfolios of science-based projects to support MSP and the designation and placement of marine protected areas.
Data specialist with experience in managing geospatial data, reference libraries and aquatic research.
Legal & Policy Director
Lawyer supporting government partners to draft and implement legal frameworks to achieve sustainable ocean management.
Marine Spatial Planning Manager
MSP manager with experience in program management, environmental campaigning and advocacy, resource management, and underwater research.
100+ countries around the globe are using Marine Spatial Planning to manage their ocean spaces.
MSP Around the World - UNESCO Marine Spatial Planning Programme