Closing of Marine Spatial Planning project

The project “Study on international best practices for cross-border Marine Spatial Planning” has come to an end. The project was set up to assist the European Commission (EC) and Member States in the implementation of the MSP Directive through identifying good practices of MSP, with a specific focus on cross-border cooperation. The project was led by NIRAS UK together with NIRAS Indevelop and a number of international partners.

The MSP directive not only supports more efficient sustainable development of marine and coastal resources but also strengthens cross-border cooperation and therefore improves international ocean governance.

The study was centered around four main objectives/phases:

  • The review of existing guidance and MSP processes, as well as compilation of a detailed inventory of MSP implementation outside the EU – the Global MSP Inventory;
  • An in-depth comparative analysis of four case studies of MSP implementation;
  • The formulation of recommendations on the international exchange of MSP;
  • The presentation of cross-border preliminary findings at the 2nd International MSP Conference.


Please find the project reports and read more on the website of EASME (the Executive Agency for SME): https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/study-what-are-best-practices-cross-border-maritime-spatial-planning