- ISBN: 978-92-95225-12-1 , doi: 10.2926/029516, HZ-01-21-216-EN-N
- Publication date
- 17 September 2021 (Last updated on: 17 September 2021)
Directive 2014/89/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 establishing a framework for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) introduced an obligation to develop MSP plans which are coherent and coordinated across the marine regions. In this regard, Member States should organize the use of the best available data and decide how to share the information necessary for maritime spatial plans.
The Directive outlines that EU Member States were required to develop MSP plans by March 2021. The planning has resulted in production of various geospatial data and maps on different sea uses. However, there are no explicit or prescriptive requirements for harmonisation, reporting or sharing of MSP data in the directive itself. Therefore, regional and project developments have emerged and evolved to develop data sharing practices and data models to be applied to share data resulting from MSP processes in a harmonized and comparable way.
The aim of this document is to present existing developments and to propose a solution for sharing maritime spatial plans in common formats that enable the preparation of a harmonized pan-European MSP map.