Supporting transboundary dialogue on Marine Spatial Planning towards a sustainable blue economy for the Western Mediterranean

Publié: 06 août 2021
Dernière modification: 02 novembre 2021
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This solution is part of the MSPglobal Initiative, designed to support the “Joint Roadmap to accelerate Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide (MSProadmap)”, adopted by IOC-UNESCO and the European Commission and in line with the SDG 14 of the 2030 Agenda.


More specifically, this solution aimed to assist its beneficiary countries in generating approaches, tools and actions at transboundary level to contribute to coherent MSP plans in the Western Mediterranean. 


The Western Mediterranean is under intense pressures deriving from increasing coastal development and maritime activities. Therefore, MSP and sustainable blue economy are crucial policies to address these challenges. Institutional capacities were reinforced, technical tools were developed, and transboundary dialogue was coordinated, resulting in a regional roadmap for transboundary MSP and sustainable blue economy.


MSPglobal was co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of the European Union.


Afrique du Nord
Europe de l’Ouest et du Sud
Scale of implementation
Herbiers marins
La mer ouverte
Marais salant
Mont sous-marin / dorsale océanique
Récif corallien
Récif rocailleux / Rive rocailleux
la mer ouverte
Écosystèmes marins et côtiers
Adaptation au changement climatique
Cadre juridique et politique
Connectivité / conservation transfrontières
Gestion des espaces côtiers et marins
Moyens d'existence durables
Pêche et aquaculture
Sensibilisation et communications
Services écosystèmiques
Perte de biodiversité
Utilisations conflictuelles / impacts cumulatifs
Perte de l'écosystème
Pollution (y compris eutrophisation et déchets)
Récolte non durable, y compris la surpêche
Manque de capacités techniques
Manque de sensibilisation du public et des décideurs
Sustainable development goals
ODD 1 - Pas de pauvreté
ODD 2 - Faim "zéro"
ODD 3 - Bonne santé et bien-être
ODD 4 - Éducation de qualité
ODD 5 - Égalité entre les sexes
ODD 6 - Eau propre et assainissement
ODD 7 - Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
ODD 8 - Travail décent er croissance économique
ODD 9 - Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
ODD 10 - Inégalités réduites
ODD 11 - Villes et communautés durables
ODD 12 - Consommation et production responsables
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 14 - Vie aquatique
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
ODD 16 - Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs




  • Increasing number of maritime uses and conflicts 

  • Increasing need and demand to improve coastal and marine conservation 

  • Lack of policies on MSP and/or sustainable blue economy in some of the beneficiary countries

  • Lack of capacity on MSP among some governmental institutions and other stakeholders

  • Lack of regional coordination between EU and non-EU Member States towards coherent MSP plans across maritime borders


  • Representatives of governmental institutions involved in institutional discussions about MSP from the 7 beneficiary countries

  • Other stakeholders (e.g., maritime users and researchers) that had the opportunity to engage in capacity development activities

Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

The key objectives of this solution were to “strengthen stakeholders’ capacities” (BB2) on MSP and sustainable blue economy in the four beneficiary countries, as well as to “support the development of institutional recommendations at regional scale” (BB6). In order to support the transboundary dialogue from a technical perspective, reports on “current conditions of the marine environment and maritime uses” (BB3) and “scenarios for MSP and sustainable blue economy” (BB4) were developed. Based on this, it was decided to “showcase the key results through a simplified and interactive storytelling tool” (BB5), easily accessible and understood by stakeholders. Everything was done based on engagement activities that required adequate “planning, reporting and monitoring stakeholder participation and communication” (BB1).


  • Increased awareness among different stakeholders about the relevance of marine policies such as MSP and sustainable blue economy

  • Increased stakeholders’ capacities to develop and implement MSP plans and sustainable blue economy strategies at national level

  • Knowledge-based transboundary dialogue built on technical tools (reports and user-friendly storytelling tool) 

  • Agreed regional recommendations on MSP and sustainable blue economy

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MSPglobal Initiative Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

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MSPglobal Initiative