The MarSP project brings together in Tenerife about thirty experts in marine spatial planning

thirty international experts in the field of marine spatial planning met on 14 and 15 March in Tenerife for a technical workshop of the Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning (MarSP) project, led by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the University Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA) of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
 
This technical meeting, which took place at the Canary Islands Oceanographic Centre, brought together specialists from different institutions, including the Regional Directorate of Marine Affairs (DRAM) of the Government of the Azores, the Regional Directorate of Territorial and Environmental Planning (DROTA) of the Government of Madeira, the University of Cadiz, the Expert Technological Centre for Marine and Food Innovation (AZTI), the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of the University of Cantabria, GRAFCAN (Maps of the Canary Islands), Oceana Europe and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
 
The MarSP and PLASMAR projects, in close collaboration, have been organizing a series of training workshops in recent years dealing with the management and optimization of data related to Marine Spatial Planning in the Macaronesian archipelagos and, by extension, in other coastal areas.
 
During the two days the experts were able to learn in more detail how to implement the INSPIRE Directive in the process of marine spatial planning. In this technical workshop, which is an action of the MarSP work package 5, a more advanced conceptual data model was presented and applied for maritime planning, following the European harmonization standards, applying the INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC.
 
The current model, which dates from 2014, has been improved and tested using the real case of marine spatial planning of Madeira during a hands on session with the participation of all these experts.  The user guide, the data specifications and the new model with all the implemented tools will be published in the coming months.