The Canary Islands Oceanographic Centre and ECOAQUA bring together 65 experts in the second workshop of the MarSP marine spatial planning project

Last Friday, 28 September, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Canary Islands Oceanographic Centre hosted the second workshop of the European project for Marine Spatial Planning in the Macaronesia (MarSP - Macaronesian Marine Spatial Planning), organized by the ECOAQUA University Institute of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), in which 65 experts from various economic sectors discussed the priority areas and planning processes to be followed in the three outermost regions of Macaronesia (Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands) dependent on Portugal and Spain.

The MarSP project is financed by the European Union's EASME agency, and through it the process of planning the marine space of the Canary Islands waters has begun, with an area greater than 455,000km2, a multidisciplinary work in which all the agents and social and economic sectors linked to the marine and maritime environment of the Canary Islands must be involved in order to favor the coexistence of different uses and activities, in accordance with the European Union Directive on OEM (2014/89 EU).

The first workshop of this project, involving 7 working groups from Spain and Portugal, both scientific and governmental, took place at the Canary Islands Trade Fair Institution (INFECAR), in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on 21 September, with a program similar to the one developed in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The opening session of this Friday's workshop was attended by Sebastián Jiménez, accidental director of the Canary Islands Oceanographic Centre, Professor Ricardo Haroun, representing IU-ECOAQUA, Orlando Umpiérrez, general director of Fisheries of the Canary Islands Government, Víctor Cordero, researcher at the University of Cadiz associated with the MarSP project, Olvido Tello, researcher at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Yaiza Fernández-Palacios, postdoctoral researcher, and Alejandro García, head of the Geographic Information System (GIS) of IU-ECOAQUA.

The dynamic session of the workshop was carried out by Inmaculada Herrera Rivero and Marcial Cosme De Esteban, researchers hired within the MarSP project, together with representatives of the different marine sectors.