Regions to boost National maritime spatial planning

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Maritime spatial planning to address major maritime issues
and gradually involve the regions

REGINA-MSP aims at improving the participation of the Regions, local authorities and stakeholders in the development and implementation of national Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP).

Building on a general analysis and on discussion at European level and in-depth study of 8 regional case studies in 5 countries (Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Greece), it is expected that this project will enhance uptake at regional level to further promote MSP, improving its contribution to the European Green Deal and interaction with the European Cohesion Policy.

Recommendations will benefit MSP processes and the coordination of public policies at European, national and regional levels.

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As key players in achieving the European Green Deal objectives related to the Blue Economy and to the Biodiversity Strategy, and as key enablers for engaging and involving stakeholders and local authorities, the Regions have a facilitating role in national Maritime Spatial Planning. However, the role of Regions in MSP is quite diverse across the EU. Their differential involvement in the preparation of national marine plans and sometimes overlapping responsibilities for land planning can pose difficulties for implementing a common EU framework for MSP.

Hence REGINA-MSP aims to work collaboratively to address these complexities and strengthen coherency of plans across the EU.

Planned activities

  • Conducting a survey on national and regional implementation of MSP among the coastal peripheral maritime Regions of Europe
  • Carrying-out a cross-cutting analysis between 8 regional case studies
  • Reviewing existing documents and literature and data needs for MSP at the regional level
  • Undertaking interviews with actors
  • Organizing participatory workshops with stakeholders
  • Raising awareness among the general public
  • Facilitating a community of practice
  • Training of administrative officers involved in MSP implementation

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5 countries

🇮🇪 Ireland

🇫🇷 France

🇮🇹 Italy

🇪🇸 Spain 

🇬🇷 Greece


8 case studies

Region of Murcia

Galician coast

Sardinia Region

Pays de la Loire Region

Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur

Crete Region

North Aegean Sea

County Mayo


2 sea basins




A 2-year project

Nov. 2022 - Oct. 2024


REGINA-MSP is a project co-funded by the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)
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