OceanTeacher Global Academy training on Marine Spatial Planning
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has become the preferred management approach for many coastal countries, to address increasing conflicts among multiple uses of coastal and marine areas, including in their contiguous exclusive economic zones (EEZs). Within the next decade, about a third of the surface area of the world’s EEZs should be covered by marine spatial plans that are, in some cases, currently under development. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) has provided guidance and training to many of these MSP initiatives and is recognized as the leading international organization on MSP issues.
This OceanTeacher Global Academy training on Marine Spatial Planning will focus on enhancing ecosystem-based management and providing support for integrated coastal area management and marine spatial planning through the development of coastal and marine web atlases. It is organized by the IOC Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section and the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN – IODE Project), building on existing initiatives in Africa, Caribbean and Latin America. (South-South).
In the regional context, many initiatives at the scale of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) are leading activities on improving our understanding of coastal and marine systems by developing robust databases and information products to support coastal and marine governance.
In Africa, the LME projects in Agulhas-Somali, Benguela and Canary Current are good examples of the work that LME practitioners are currently undertaking on coastal and marine governance.