The MSP4BIO project partners gathered for the 2nd General Assembly meeting on the 20th and 21st of March at Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend, Belgium.
Taking stock of the achievements made in the first eight months of project implementation, the partners discussed how to more forward and contribute to a better integration between marine spatial planning (MSP) and nature protection, as well as to tackle potential challenges.
The responsible partners for all seven work packages (WPs) presented the latest activity updates and asked inputs and insights from the project team members through interactive sessions.
Following up on the establishment of the Community of Practices (COPs) in six pilot sites in five European Sea Basins, the need to address local environmental and socio-economic issues was highlighted as essential to ensure an effective operationalisation of the Ecological-Socio-Economic (ESE) management framework for the preservation and restoration of marine ecosystems.
This participatory approach is further enhanced by cooperation with other projects which focus on MSP in the EU, with the aim to capitalize on their findings and build synergy by working towards mutual goals.
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