How marine spatial plans are developed

Elements of the plan development process, common to many marine spatial planning initiatives, include:

  • Identification of goals, principles and strategies to guide the process
  • Collation of spatial information on the marine environment
  • Bioregionalisation of the planning region (that is spatially delineating the marine area into different categories based on broad habitat type)
  • Identification of ecologically important and sensitive areas
  • Collation of spatial information on human uses of, and values attached to, the marine environment
  • Spatial analysis of compatibilities and conflicts
  • Consideration of management approaches and options
  • Identification of spatial management areas
  • Finalisation of the plan
  • Implementation of the plan
  • Evaluation and monitoring 

Last updated at 2:11PM on February 25, 2015