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Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning.

The objective of the MarSP project is to develop concrete actions for the Member States, Portugal and Spain, build the necessary capacities and tools for the implementation of the EU Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Macaronesian region, including mechanisms for cross-border cooperation.

The particular characteristics of the Macaronesia, such as remoteness and oceanic features, result in the need to developing methodologies adapted to these particularities. Thus, this project intends to propose frameworks for the MSP in the three outermost regions of the Macaronesia – Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands, according to the EU Directive 2014/89/UE.

MarSP project, also intends to strengthen the position of Macaronesia in the world context, since, these regions are surrounded by a large maritime area, with a recognized economic potential and increasing demands, from diverse Blue Growth sectors (such as tourism and biotechnology), as well as potential activities that may be considered as threatening (deep sea mining, drilling, resources prospecting) and need special attention. Through this project, it is also intended to reinforce the economic and geostrategic components, as well as the cross-border cooperation in the Macaronesian regions, promoting the constitution of a geospatial platform, of European scope and guided by the principles of the INSPIRE Directive which aims to promote interoperability and data sharing between the Member States.


EASME/EMFF/2016/ - Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia dos Açores (Coord.)
Funded by
Governo Regional dos Açores
Research Team