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MSPglobal is a new joint initiative launched by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and the European Commission to develop new international guidelines on maritime spatial planning.

Intensified activities in coastal and marine waters require integrated planning and decision-making as well as enhanced efforts to achieve sustainability. By fostering integrated management practices to protect and restore marine and coastal ecosystems, strengthen resilience and promote a healthy and productive ocean, international marine/maritime spatial planning (MSP) proves to be an important means to achieve global ocean governance goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Over the course of three years, the MSPglobal initiative will contribute to improving cross-border and transboundary cooperation where it already exists and promoting MSP processes in areas where it is yet to be put in place, with the objective to triple the area of territorial waters benefiting from MSP effectively implemented by 2030.

More specifically, it aims to:

  • Develop guidance on international cross-border planning;
  • Perform a pilot regional project in the West Mediterranean (Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia – other WestMED countries can also participate in training activities);
  • Perform a pilot regional project in the Southeast Pacific with a specific cross-border exercise at the historical Bay of Guayaquil (Ecuador/Peru) and training activities benefiting Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.

MSPglobal will provide the context for active and effective participation of policy-makers, scientists, citizens and other stakeholders to improve governance at multiple levels and achieve an ecosystem-based approach in support of the blue economy. It is designed to support the implementation of the Joint Roadmap to accelerate marine/maritime spatial planning processes worldwide, adopted by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and the IOC-UNESCO as part of the conclusions of the 2nd International Conference on MSP, jointly organized in Paris in March 2017.

MSPglobal is co-financed by the European Commission's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

MSPglobal Opening Conference

11-12 February 2019
Room IV / UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France)

The event will also be livestreamed at this link:

UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission cordially invite you to attend the opening conference of the MSPglobal initiative.

Monday 11 February 2019 (18.30 - 20.30)
Networking event
- Julian Barbière, IOC-UNESCO
- Rupert Schlegelmilch, EU Head of Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO

Tuesday 12 February 2019 (9.00 - 14.00)
Opening remarks
- Julian Barbière, IOC-UNESCO
- Luca Marangoni, DG MARE, European Commission

Introduction to MSPglobal
- Alejandro Iglesias Campos, IOC-UNESCO

Regional visions for MSP and the Sustainable Blue Economy
- Ambassador Mr. Mentor Villagómez Merino, Secretary General of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific
- Luca Marangoni, European Commission, Directorate General of Maritime Affaires and Fisheries
- Fatima Alves, University of Aveiro (Portugal) – MARISMA Project
- Thomas Johansson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (Sweden)
- Maria Snoussi, University Mohammed V of Rabat (Morocco)
- Claude Wohrer, Secretariat General for the Sea (France)

Challenges of cross-border / transboundary MSP
- María Gómez Ballesteros, Spanish Institute of Oceanography (Spain)
- Mostapha Djellali, National Centre for Research and Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Algeria)
- Natalie Degger, IOC-UNESCO – GEF LME:LEARN Project
- Charles Ehler, Principal, Ocean Visions Consulting
- Dina Eparkhina, Policy and Communications Officer, European Global Ocean Observing System – EuroGOOS

Open discussion on MSP and transboundary challenges

Networking lunch

English - French - Spanish interpretation
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