Best practices for marine spatial planning are still being developed and are an integral part of the evolution of MSP.   TNC produced a Best Practices guidebook in 2009 and it contains information that is still pertinent today.   IOC-UNESCO also has developed a step-by-step guide for MSP that contains key elements of ‘best practices’ for developing an MSP and a guidebook to evaluating marine spatial plans.

  • Beck, MW, Z Ferdaña, J Kachmar, KK Morrison, PH Taylor and others. 2009. Best Practices for Marine Spatial Planning. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA.
  • Collie, JS, Adamowicz, WL, Beck, MW, Craig, B, Essington, TE, Fluharty, D, Rice, J, Sanchirico, JN. 2012. Marine Spatial Planning in Practice. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 117 pp. 1 – 11.
  • Dickinson, M, Gunton, TI, Rutherford, MB. 2009. Benefits of Marine Planning: Evaluation of Marine Planning in Canada. Marine Planning Research Group, Simon Fraser University. 44 pp.
  • Ehler, Charles. 2014. A Guide to Evaluating Marine Spatial Plans. Paris, UNESCO, IOC Manuals and Guides, 70; ICAM Dossier 8
  • Ehler, Charles, and Fanny Douvere. Marine Spatial Planning: a step-by-step approach toward ecosystem-based management. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Man and the Biosphere Programme. IOC Manual and Guides No. 53, ICAM Dossier No. 6. Paris: UNESCO. 2009 (English).



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