2nd International Conference on Marine Spatial Planning

2nd International Conference on Marine Spatial Planning


(Conference: 15 to 17 March, 2017) The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its second international conference on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) at UNESCO headquarters in Paris (France) from 15-17 March 2017. The conference is being jointly organised with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG-MARE) of the European Commission. attendance to the conference will be by invitation only.

Conference goals:

IOC-UNESCO and DG-MARE have agreed on the following goals to be covered during the different sessions of the Conference:

1. Review progress (status and trends) of MSP activities around the world over the past decade (2006-2016);

2. Identify good examples of the engagement of stakeholders in MSP processes;

3. Discuss examples of using MSP to achieve global ocean governance goals, e.g., biodiversity goals.

4. Identify good practices for cross-border cooperation in MSP, application of the ecosystem approach, performance monitoring and evaluation of MSP, increasing use of socio-economic information in MSP, estimating cumulative effects, using MSP to implement the “Blue Growth” agenda, and others;

5. Identify the state of the art on institutional capacity development in relation to the design, implementation and follow-up of MSP processes; and

6. Identify MSP priorities over the next decade (2017-2027), including applying MSP in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction


The attendance to the conference will be by invitation only. About 200 participants from all continents will be invited to attend the conference, primarily participants that have or are developing expertise and experience in MSP. Representatives of national governments, non-governmental organisations, and other stakeholders will also be invited to attend.

Considering that this is not an opened event, IOC-UNESCO will provide live streaming coverage during the conference for external participants to follow up the sessions.

The language of the conference will be English; interpretation will be provided in French and Spanish during the conference’s sessions.

Applications and more information about the programme at:

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