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Develop Marine Spatial Plans (MSP) covering the entire area under national jurisdiction, using ecosystem-based approaches
by Ministry of Sea (Government)
The MSP approach works across sectors to ensure human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe and sustainable way, according to ecosystem-based management principles. This approach aims to support a sustainable, long-term responsible economic development, and may therefore be considered as a life insurance policy in what regards the conservation of the marine and coastal ecosystems and resources. The MSP legal framework has been in place in Portugal since 2014 and the plans are being developed since then, while baseline data is collected for all relevant activities in the maritime environment, including renewable energy, aquaculture, fisheries and other uses.
Progress reports
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 2020
Develop Marine Spatial Plans covering the entire area under Portuguese jurisdiction using ecosystem-based approaches.
Staff / Technical expertise
This refers to the human resources that are to be mobilized in order to implement the commitment.
Other, please specify
This refers to the regulatory instruments that are to be put in place in order to implement the commitment.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2020
Ministry of Sea (Government)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jos Simo , General Director DGRM, jose.simao@dgrm.mm.gov.pt,
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