Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning

Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning

The 2009 IOC guide on “Marine Spatial Planning: A step-by-step approach toward ecosystem-based management” remains the international gold standard to assist countries in the development and implementation of plans for their marine regions.



Since it organized the first international workshop on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in 2006, the IOC has become a leading institution on the topic, documenting the international practice of MSP around the world, synthesizing lessons learned, updating technical guidance and training the next generation of MSP practitioners.

Among its flagship publications, the 2009 IOC guide on “Marine Spatial Planning: A Step-by-Step Approach toward Ecosystem-based Management” has become an internationally-recognized standard that uses a clear and straightforward step-by-step approach to provide: 1) An understanding of what MSP is about; 2) Insight into the consecutive steps and tasks of setting up a successful MSP initiative that can help achieve ecosystem-based management; and 3) Awareness of what has worked and what has not in MSP practice around the world.

In 2014, the IOC “Guide to Evaluating Marine Spatial Plans” was developed to assist marine planners and managers in integrating monitoring and evaluating marine plans, which are usually often considered only after a plan has been developed. The guide also emphasizes the importance of measurable and specific objectives, clear management actions, relevant indicators and targets, and involvement of stakeholders throughout the MSP process.

 

Useful links:

Marine Spatial Planning: A Step-by-Step Approach toward Ecosystem-based Management