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Marine Spatial Planning in Argentina
by FundaciĆ³n Vida Silvestre Argentina (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Marine spatial planning is a tool that facilitates the development of marine areas and the balance between the demands of development with the need to protect marine ecosystems, achieving environmental, social and economic benefits. Also it provides elements to improve government management in marine areas through integrated knowledge on Oceans sciences, biodiversity, natural resources and environmental services; a better ability of coordination between sectors, institutions and jurisdictions; anticipation of potential conflicts in uses; among others.

Pampa Azul is a governmental strategic initiative of scientific research in the Argentine Sea which includes deepening scientific knowledge as a basis for conservation policies and management of natural resources. In this framework, it has created a coordination committee that articulates different ministries with responsibility for the sea. There are also ad hoc committees established to coordinate research in priority sites for the initiative, as the Gulf of San Jorge. This initiative presents a unique opportunity for the realization of an integrated and coordinated maritime areas of national planning opportunity.

By 2020, a Spatial Plan for San Jorge Gulf implemented under an adaptive management approach and it success generates replication and scaling up to other priority places of Argentine Sea.

Work with National and Provincial authorities to develop an agreed national policy about Marine Spatial Planning. Participatory planning process, including scientists and experts, and private and public stakeholders, using Marxan to develop the inputs to develop the spatial management plans
Governance will be lead by MAyDS and Pampa Azul initiative. Follow up mechanisms include FVSA and the Forum
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Marine Spatial Planning
December 2017
MSP National Policy in place
December 2018
Spatial Planning process for San Jorge Gulf is started
December 2020
Spatial Planning for San Jorge Gulf is approved
Financing (in USD)
120,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2016 - December 2020
Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable (MAyDS); Pampa Azul Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologa e innovacin productiva; Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian sea and area of influence
Ocean Basins
  • South Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Guillermo Canete, Marine Programme Coordinator, guillermo.canete@vidasilvestre.org.ar,
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