Maritime spatial planning is an important tool to ensure the sustainable use of marine spaces, ecosystem services and resources. The recently adopted Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning puts in place a generic framework, leaving it up to Member States to further define how the planning will be conducted and what its content should be. The effectiveness of the Directive’s implementation will depend on the development of good practice guidance and the sharing of experiences and methodologies.

Seas At Risk aims in particular to ensure that maritime spatial planning applies an ecosystem-based approach, is framed by the targets for Good Environmental Status and submitted to strategic environmental assessments. We also work to ensure good practice in stakeholder consultation and public participation.