Training courses

Marine Spatial Planning processes

18-22 February 2019
ICES Headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark

​​​​​​​​​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, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Center for Material and Coastal Research​, Germany

Roland Cormier, Institute for Coastal Research, Human Dimensions in Coastal Areas​, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht​, Germany

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