PAP/RAC has successfully organized an online seminar on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) that took place on the 15th of December 2022, and continued on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2023. The seminar, which is part of the MedProgramme, aimed to establish a common basis for the implementation of MSP within the Barcelona Convention system and provide insight into some of the most relevant and intriguing topics relevant to MSP.
The seminar was a combination of self-paced learning using the MedOpen learning programme on MSP and an interactive training programme with discussions on specific MSP-related topics, including governance, climate change, ecosystem approach, and land-sea interactions. Seminar materials were based on the resources available on the Mediterranean MSP workspace. This platform offers a comprehensive range of resources related to MSP, including guidelines, case studies, and other useful tools. The platform is designed to support the development and implementation of MSP by providing access to high-quality information and resources to users from various regions of the Mediterranean.
One of the objectives of the seminar was to support implementation of MSP in a consistent and effective manner across the Mediterranean region. The seminar provided the opportunity to share practices and lessons learned from the MSP application across the Mediterranean region. This exchange of knowledge and experience is crucial for the successful implementation of MSP and the achievement of sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.
With the particiation of 62 participants from various Mediterranean countries, including Albania, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkiye, the seminar was a great success, and it has helped to further the understanding and implementation of MSP in the Mediterranean region. The UNEP/MAP, PAP/RAC and the MedProgramme are committed to continuing their efforts to promote the sustainable use of marine resources and the protection of the Mediterranean Sea.