MARISMA

Marine Spatial Management and Governance Programme

Initiative Type: Programmes

BeleĢm Statement Area: Ocean Resources

Initiative Location: Angola,Germany,Namibia,South Africa

Time Frame: 2014-2020

Description:

The Marine Spatial Management and Governance Programme (MARISMA) of the BCLME promotes sustainable ocean use in the Benguela Current, focusing on implementing Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). MSP is a process which guides when and where human activities occur in the ocean. It reveals spatial conflicts and synergies between uses, and it encourages the shared use of marine areas to benefit as many industries as possible. MSP helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem by integrating conservation objectives for marine biodiversity - a prerequisite for sustainable dvelopment. The project helps BCC member states identify “Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas” (EBSAs). MSP is an integrative process that engages a wide range of stakeholders. Government departments, industry, NGOs and communities cooperate in working towards an agreed marine plan that is supported by stakeholders and implemented by public authorities.

Contact: German Society for International Cooperation

Initiative Website: https://www.benguelacc.org/index.php/en/marisma