Moderator: Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, MSPglobal Expert, University of Seville (Spain)
Available literature and current discussions on the emerging maritime spatial planning are dominated by issues such as the approach to ecosystem management, public participation or blue growth, leaving aside the procedural aspects of the plans that ensure their application and execution in specific areas. While the aforementioned approaches (EBM or BG) are more accessible for transnational treatment, regulatory mechanisms are more limited to the specific practices of each political entity.
In this context, it is observed that in forums and academic and professional meetings there is a drift / tendency to consider the MSP as an instrument with broad capacities for decision-making in any of the dimensions of marine / maritime activities with the result of falling in its over valuation as administrative action.
The result is the increasingly diffuse separation between policy, management and planning and the resulting confusion between technical and political leaders.
The objective of this plenary is to show the importance of the legal and institutional dimension have for the effective design, development and implementation of marine spatial plans.
His research focuses on the regulation of marine and freshwater social-ecological systems. He is a co-editor of ‘Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law’ (Earthscan/Routledge 2015) and author of numerous articles and book chapters on marine environmental law, water law, and nature conservation law, as well as adaptive law and governance theory.
Pan Baltic Scope brings together national authorities and regional organizations towards coherent national maritime planning in the Baltic Sea region and enhances the lasting macro-regional mechanisms for cross-border MSP cooperation.