s.Pro represented at the MSP Forum and European Maritime Day
The 3rd Edition of MSP Forum took place on 12 -15 May in Vigo, Spain, organised by DG MARE and IOC-UNESCO. This event brought together over 150 experts from academia, government and the non-governmental sector to discuss Maritime Spatial Planning. Participants engaged in interactive discussions about MSP, ocean governance, the blue economy and many other ocean-related themes. Managing director of sPro, Angela Schultz-Zehden, facilitated a panel on Data, Information and Tools for MSP. The workshop titled “MSPglobal – A Bottom Up Approach”, took place in Lisbon on the first day of the European Maritime day - Thursday 16 May.
The workshop took form of an interactive panel moderated by Aya Khalil - MSPglobal Communication and Outreach, IOC-UNESCO. Nearly 150 workshop participants had an opportunity to hear from four panellists who shared about successful local and regional transboundary experiences in MSP in the Europe and beyond in order to support the development of internationally accepted guidelines for MSP at global scale, as a support to the DG MARE and IOC-UNESCO Joint Roadmap to accelerate MSP processes worldwide.
Ivana Lukic, Marine Policy and Planning Consultant at s.Pro – sustainable projects exemplified the way ‘spatial subsidiarity’ principle and ‘multi-scalar approach’ are applied in MSP across the Baltic Sea, and highlighted the role of vision in communicating between different administrative levels. Tom Woolley, Marine Planning Advisor to the Irish Government’s Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government highlighted the importance of effective engagement of stakeholders early in the process, for building commitment, ownership and enthusiasm about the plan.
Other panellists were Ana Paula Simão, Head of Environmental Monitoring Unit at the Directorate General for Natural Resources, Safety and Maritime Services, Portugal; and Salvador Vega, Head of the Department of Ocean Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile. After Vigo, the MSPforum will dock in Riga, Latvia, in November 2019. The 2020 edition of EMD will be hosted by the city of Cork, Ireland.