Marine Spatial Planning: Harnessing Marine Spatial Planning for Multi-Stakeholder Engagement
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO defines Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) as a process of analyzing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives. Building on this, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity views MSP as an area-based management framework that provides a means for improving decision-making as it relates to the use of marine resources and space. Rooted in the concept of drawing on ecosystem connectivity to sustain natural resource management known as ecosystem-based management (EBM), ultimately MSP provides a suitable means for informing, facilitating, and overall improving decision-making as it relates to the use of marine resources and space.
Special thanks goes to Andrew Hume who developed this policy brief on behalf of GEF LME:LEARN.
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- GEF LME:LEARN, 2020. Marine Spatial Planning: Harnessing Marine Spatial Planning for Multi-Stakeholder Engagement. Paris, France.