Training courses

Marine Spatial Planning, Processes and Tools

Marine Spatial Planning is a method used to implement the ecosystem approach and to identify possibilities for synergetic opportunities and mitigating conflicts.

27 - 31 October 2014
ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark
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​Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is used through the ICES region. This course will give participants information and experience on the MSP developmental process  through serious gaming (MSP–challenge) and spatial tools for defining value and zonation, but will also address the process design, governance issues etc.

Topics include:

  • MSP in a national setting
  • MSP in an EU context: relationship to MSFD
  • Planning processes
  • Defining and designating valuable areas for both ecosystems and human use
  • Estimating impacts and vulnerability
  • Zoning – area conflicts


The course is an introductory course and requires no previous experience from MSP processes, although experience from MSP processes is a benefit. Participants should be either scientists,  managers or graduate students (MSc and PhD) with some experience from marine management and the issues related to MSP.


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Andreas Kannen, Institute for Coastal Research, Germany

Roland Cormier, Institute for Coastal Research, Germany

Course Fee

750 Euro for ICES member country affiliated participants

1250 Euro for non-member country affiliated participants

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