Some thirty international experts from the field of marine spatial planning they met last 14 and 15 of March in Tenerife in a technical workshop of the project Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning (MarSP), led by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the University Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA) of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
This technical meeting, which took place in the Oceanographic Center of the Canary Islands, brought together specialists from different institutions, including the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs (DRAM) of the Government of Azores, the Regional Directorate for Territorial Planning and Environment (DROTA) of the Government of Madeira, the University of Cádiz, the Technological Center Expert in Marine and Food Innovation (AZTI), the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics of the University of Cantabria, GRAFCAN (Maps of the Canary Islands), Oceana Europe and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
The MarSP and PLASMAR projects, in close collaboration, have been organizing a series of training workshops in recent years that deal with the management and optimization of data related to Marine Space Planning in the Macaronesian archipelagos and, by extension, in other coastal areas.
During the two days the experts were able to learn more about how to implement the INSPIRE Directive in the marine spatial planning process. In this technical workshop, which is an action of the MarSP work package 5, a more advanced and applied conceptual data model for maritime planning was presented, following European standards of harmonization, applying the INSPIRE 2007/2 / EC Directive.
The current model, which dates from 2014, has been improved and tested using the real case of marine spatial planning of Madeira during a "hands-on" session with the participation of all these experts. The user guide, the data specifications and the new model with all the tools implemented will be published in the coming months.
The MarSP project intends to strengthen maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Macaronesian, in the archipelagos of the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. The objective of MarSP is to assist the competent authorities of Portugal (Azores and Madeira) and Spain (Canary Islands) in promoting the development of operational maritime spatial planning (MSP) mechanisms until 2021.
PLASMAR aims to define and propose scientific methodologies that support the Maritime Spatial Planning (OEM) and enhance the growth of maritime activities according to the biogeographic characteristics of the Macaronesian Region, applying the ecosystem approach; that is, seeking the balance between the various maritime sectors and the conservation of the marine natural heritage.
The Project Activities will be carried out in the coastal and marine waters of the archipelagos of the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries until the end of 2019.