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Maritime Spatial Planning

past, present, future

Editors: Zaucha, Jacek, Gee, Kira (Eds.)

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  • Explores the field of Marine Spacial Planning
  • Discusses the best application of Maritime Spacial Planning
  • Brings together several strands of interdisciplinary research on MSP
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This open access book is the first comprehensive overview of maritime or marine spatial planning. Countries across the globe are beginning to implement maritime spatial plans; however the authors of this collection have identified several key questions that are emerging from this growing body of MSP experience. How can maritime spatial planning deal with a complex and dynamic environment such as the sea? How can MSP be embedded in multiple levels of governance across regional and national borders – and how far does the environment benefit from this new approach? This book actively engages with the problems encapsulated in these questions, and explores possible solutions.
Situated at the intersection between theory and practice, the volume draws together several strands of interdisciplinary research, reflecting on the history of MSP as well as examining current practice and looking towards the future. The authors and contributors examine MSP from disciplines as diverse as geography, urban planning, political science, natural science, sociology and education; reflecting the growing critical engagement with MSP in many academic fields. This innovative and pioneering volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of maritime spatial planning, as well as planners and practitioners.

About the authors

Jacek Zaucha is Professor of Economics at University of Gdańsk, and Maritime Institute, Poland. He is long experienced in maritime spatial planning, and is currently leading the team preparing the first plan for Polish marine waters.
Kira Gee is Research Associate at the Centre for Materials and Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany. She has been involved in MSP research and practice for over 20 years, and has participated in numerous national and transnational European MSP projects.


“Maritime Spatial Planning: Past, Present, and Future is a valuable resource and insightful read for interdisciplinary marine scientists, practitioners, managers, and policymakers alike. … this book provides a potent, yet accessible read on a complicated and diverse topic of MSP that, as the authors argue, is developed in the past, relevant to the present, and critical to the future of blue growth and blue space protection.” (Sondra Eger, Ocean Yearbook, Vol. 34, 2020)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning at the Interface of Research and Practice

    Pages 1-21

    Ehler, Charles (et al.)

  • The Ocean Perspective

    Pages 23-45

    Gee, Kira

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Ecosystem-Based Management and Marine Spatial Planning in the Irish Sea

    Pages 47-69

    O’Higgins, Tim (et al.)

  • Systematic Conservation Planning as a Tool to Advance Ecologically or Biologically Significant Area and Marine Spatial Planning Processes

    Pages 71-96

    Harris, Linda R. (et al.)

  • Can Classical Location Theory Apply to Sea Space?

    Pages 97-119

    Zaucha, Jacek

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Book Title
Maritime Spatial Planning
Book Subtitle
past, present, future
  • Jacek Zaucha
  • Kira Gee
Palgrave Macmillan
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
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31 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour