and transdisciplinary group, WGMPCZM involves people from social and natural sciences and
from administrations in ICES Member countries.
intensity and establishment of new sea uses, such as offshore wind farming,
can be observed in coastal and marine waters. This development also increases
the pressure on coastal and marine ecosystems. In order to deal with the
resulting conflicts and cumulative impacts, new planning tools and integrated
approaches to planning and management are being developed in Europe as well as
in Canada and the US. Pushed in particular by the European Union, Marine (or
Maritime) Spatial Planning (MSP) is currently evolving as one of the major
tools for integration of different demands for marine space and resources.
Based on current developments in marine planning practice and research, WGMPCZM
focuses on knowledge gaps in MSP, risk analysis, quality
assurance of a) advice for MSP and b) of mechanisms and processes in coastal
and marine planning, social-cultural dimensions of marine ecosystem services
and the use of fisheries data in plan decision making processes.
annual working group meetings, WGMPCZM engages in sessions at ICES conferences,
organises workshops on particular aspects of MSP, elaborates research
reports and has significantly contributed to the ICES Strategic Initiative
Group MSP (STIG-MSP).