Maritime Spatial Planning Meeting

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Dr. Hugh Roarty attended an an international conference on how maritime spatial planning can contribute to boosting growth.  The conference was held at the Charlemagne Conference Centre and was organized by Maria Damnaki, European Union Commissioner on Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

High level representatives from the European Union and Third countries, public authorities, representatives from maritime industries and NGOs will have an opportunity to share their experiences on MSP in the European Union and from around the world, and to reflect on how they want to see it develop in the future.

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), as promoted by the EU integrated maritime policy, is crucial for creating an environment in which the maritime economy can grow in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. Transparency, stability, predictability and reduced transaction costs are the factors that encourage and accelerate investments – and are among the benefits that MSP can bring.

Spatial Planning

More information on the conference can be found here:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/damanaki/headlines/speeches/2012/03/20120326_speech_en.htm

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