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MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING

WHAT IS MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING?

In the busy ocean, how do we adequately balance the needs of diverse ocean users while keeping the marine environment healthy and accessible?

 

The answer is Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). MSP is a public process that uses the best available information about the natural environment and human uses to make informed decisions about the ocean.

 

The Government of Bermuda has committed to develop and legally adopt an enforceable and comprehensive Marine Spatial Plan to sustainably manage resources and protect 20% of Bermuda’s entire territorial waters. BOPP is working on a holistic MSP process that balance economic prosperity, environmental health, and community wellbeing. The result is a map-based Marine Spatial Plan that designates protected areas while allowing for social and industry-based activities to thrive. 

It is important to remember that MSP is not a one-time effort. During the MSP process, plan details are adapted and modified as circumstances change and new information becomes available. Following initial adoption of an MSP, it can be revised and updated in response to gains in knowledge, as conditions change in the marine environment, or as otherwise desired.

Benefits:

  • More fish and healthier ocean ecosystems

  • Improved livelihoods and jobs

  • Long-term planning for tourism and ocean economies

  • Increased environmental and economic resilience to local and global stressors

PROCESS

MSP assembles existing knowledge of the marine environment, such as environmental data and examines the priorities of stakeholders, through consultations and the Ocean Use Survey. A draft map will be developed from these data, which will undergo review from the BOPP Steering Committee and multiple rounds of public consultations. The resulting map aims to identify different ocean uses and support the development of a management plan to maximize the benefit of ocean uses and minimize negative environmental and economic impacts. 

2019-2020

  • Data gathering

  • Creation of Management structure

  • Development of Principals, Goals, and Objectives

2020-2021

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  • Ocean Village Meetings

  • Stakeholder 

  • consultations

  • Ocean Use Survey distribution

2021-2022

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2022-2023

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  • Draft MSP Map development

  • Steering Committee review

  • Public consultations

  • Public consultations

  • Map revisions

  • Map adoption

2023-onwards

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  • Map adoption into law

  • Implementation of use areas

MSP WORKING GROUP

DATA PARTNERS

PRINCIPALS, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES

The Principles, Goals, and Objectives developed by the BOPP Steering Committee are meant to define the purpose and desired results of Bermuda’s MSP. The principles set the tone of the MSP, and provide high-level guidance regarding its intrinsic nature. The goals are high-level, aspirational statements that collectively identify the desired outcomes of the MSP. For each goal, objectives provide specific, defined, and measureable outcomes.

The Steering Committee reviewed stakeholder input on the draft Principles, Goals, and Objectives over the course of four 2-hour meetings in the spring of 2021. In doing so, the Steering Committee discussions focused on considerations for the MSP such as practicability, anticipated benefits, applicability, and the ability to strengthen current marine priorities, including a thriving and sustainable blue economy.

PRINCIPALS, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES MEMO

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QUESTIONS?

Contact us to share any questions you have - email us at BermudaOceanProsperity@gmail.com.