Transboundary cooperation and mechanisms for Maritime Spatial Planning implementation. SIMNORAT project

Type Article
Date 2021-05
Language English
Author(s) Gomez-Ballesteros M1, Cervera - Núnez C1, Campillos-Llanos M1, Quintela A2, Sousa L2, Marques M2, Alves Fl2, Murciano C3, Alloncle N4, Sala P5, Lloret A3, Simao Ap6, Costa C6, Carval Dominique7, Bailly Denis8, Nys CecileORCID7, Sybill H8, Dilasser J5
Affiliation(s) 1 : IEO – Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Calle Corazón de María, 8, 28002 Madrid, Spain
2 : CESAM - Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies & Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
3 : CEDEX – Centro de Estudios de Puertos y Costas, Área de Medio Marino, Calle de Antonio López, 81, 28026 Madrid, Spain
4 : AFB – Agence Française pour la Biodiversité, Site de Brest, 16 Quai de la douane, France
5 : CEREMA - Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement, France
6 : DGRM - Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos, Avenida Brasília, 1449-030 Lisboa, Portugal
7 : SHOM - Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine, 13 rue du Chatellier, 29200 Brest, France
8 : UBO, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, UMR 6308 Amure, France
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier), 2021-05 , Vol. 127 , P. 104434 (17p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104434
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Keyword(s) Marine Spa t i a l Planning, Cross-border cooperation, Stakeholders, Transboundary effects, SIMNORAT project

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is gaining importance as a new process for the governance of seas and oceans, as maritime nations exercise greater management over their territorial waters and, in many cases, over exclusive economic zones that span a larger area. The purpose of this planning is to reverse the environmental degradation of the seas and facilitate the sustainable use of marine resources, both for mature uses such as fishing and navigation, and for emergent uses, including renewable energies and mariculture. In Europe, the Directive 2014/89/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning oblige coastal Member States to develop maritime spatial plans at the latest by 31st March 2021. To help in that process, countries have at their disposal a set of existing instruments, including research projects, supporting guidelines, recommendations and sets of tools and data, as the SIMNORAT project, co-funded by the EC – DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE). This paper presents best practices developed in this project on technical, scientific, and social aspects of MSP to overcome barriers of MSPD implementation testing effective cooperation on transboundary areas and providing a set of cross-cutting MSP related recommendations to foster collaborative efforts and to improve the overall transboundary dimension of the MSP Directive.

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Gomez-Ballesteros M, Cervera - Núnez C, Campillos-Llanos M, Quintela A, Sousa L, Marques M, Alves Fl, Murciano C, Alloncle N, Sala P, Lloret A, Simao Ap, Costa C, Carval Dominique, Bailly Denis, Nys Cecile, Sybill H, Dilasser J (2021). Transboundary cooperation and mechanisms for Maritime Spatial Planning implementation. SIMNORAT project. Marine Policy, 127, 104434 (17p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :