CCMS team at the MSP-GREEN Workshop in Turku, Finland, 19-20 June 2023

Published: Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Turku 2023 Picture


MSP-GREEN project experts from the coasts of all European sea basins have gathered in a exchanging Workshop in Turku, Finland on 19-20 June 2023, to actively discuss how the MSP enables the European Green Deal (EGD) in their countries.

The main topic of the Workshop was to exchanging results from the analysis of the EGD component of the national MSP plans in partner countries under the MSP-GREEN project (Maritime Spatial Planning as enabler of the European Green Deal), co-financed by the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund of European Union, Grant Agreement: 101081314 - MSP-GREEN - EMFAF-2021-PIA-MSP. The Workshop was organized by the MSP-GREEN partner, Regional Council of Southwest Finland (RCSW FI).

During the workshop, CCMS team presented the main results from the analysis (desk-based and interviews) on the EGD elements integration in the Bulgarian MSP Plan and took an active part in the working meeting and the discussions held.

Stay tuned for further information and details on the MSP-GREEN progress and results via the website and social media:


Published: Thursday, 01 June 2023

The European Maritime Day (EMD), took place in Brest (France) on 24 and 25 of May and was organised by the European Commission, the City of Brest, the Region of Brittany, the department of Finistère and the General Secretariat for the Sea.

EMD 2023

CCMS team members participated at the event, and the two European, MSP projects in which we are partners were widely presented: the Horizon Europe MSP4BIO project and the EMFAF project MSP-GREEN. Partners from both projects attended the EMD 2023 and the two projects had large exhibitions.

Our Workshop 14 - Achieving marine biodiversity protection targets in the EU -improving governance or planning & management was co-organised by European Union's Ocean Governance for MPAs Project and the WWF European Policy Office. The MSP4BIO coordinator Ivana Stojanovic presented three sister projects: MSP4BIO, EuropeMPA and MarinePlan. The synergies include more science-based planning and co-development with stakeholders. The workshop was moderated by Mauro Randone from WWF-Med, one of the MSP4BIO partners.


OCEAN SAND: PUTTING SAND ON THE OCEAN SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA – Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA) Report published

Published: Thursday, 15 June 2023



Sand in the ocean ecosystem. The marine and coastal environment is both a sink for sand delivered from rivers and an active source of sand, continuously subject to erosional and depositional processes, longshore currents, tides, waves and bio-erosion. Naturally-occurring sand acts as both a connector and a buffer at the land-sea interface, functionally linking the marine and terrestrial ecosystems while protecting the land and stabilizing the coastline in what is generally considered one of the most costeffective climate mitigation strategies to enhance coastal resilience. It underpins island morphology, shapes the seabed, controls coastal erosion, offers essential nutrients and maintains biodiversity through the formation of sand bars, beaches, dunes and other coastal landforms that support highly specialized biotic assemblages and provide habitat for a wide variety of species.


MSP-GREEN Project survey: Communicating Maritime European Green Deal across basins

Published: Wednesday, 05 April 2023

MSP GREEN Project survey map

In the framework of the EMFAF MSP-GREEN project (Maritime Spatial Planning as Enabler of the European Green Deal), the project communication team has created a survey, as part of Task 5.3: Communicating maritime European Green Deal (EGD), which results in Deliverable 5.2. A handbook reviewing cross-basin performed and ongoing communication strategies, and relevant strategic guidance documents, trends and specificities in the field of maritime spatial planning (MSP), EGD, stakeholder involvement etc.

The aim of the survey is to identify specific elements and elaborate recommendations on communicative strategies and digital tools that can represent maritime specificities of the EU basins and enable communication of the maritime European Green Deal. Promoting the EGD means promoting a theoretical approach, based on scientific evidence but that can only be achieved by a cultural transformation. This translates into defining scenarios that can support difficult choices that as a society we will be called to take in the near future. By supporting the maritime EGD, the project is, therefore, taking part in shaping our reality by proposing new pathways across EU sea basins - a possible future, a future that may be better for current and next generations. In this regard, it is understandable that there is no one-size-fits-for-all-systems, but to operatively cover basin perspectives for this activity, all questions are asked to be based upon your experience seen under the basin-wide umbrella rather than distinctively the national MSP perspective.

Please follow the link to access the survey:

It will be greatly appreciated if the survey will be filled in by the 13th of April 2023.

If you would like to leave any additional comments or questions, please contact MoEPRD task coordinator & communication specialist Annija Danenberga ().

Thank you very much in advance for your consideration and feel free to disseminating this to your wide networks and all interested stakeholders across basins!

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