Specific Objective: To support good practice in stakeholder engagement within the context of transboundary working.

Expertise and knowledge of stakeholders are crucial for a successful maritime spatial planning. Involving them effectively at an early stage in the development of maritime spatial plans is essential. This sub-component will focus on identifying and testing approaches to stakeholder engagement in the context of MSP implementation and localised transboundary working. The work will seek to build on the experiences and lessons learned of partners to date — particularly planning authorities — as well as working with a range of other sea-user and interest groups to confirm what challenges exist (e.g. sector specific, measuring impact, consultation processes, cost-effectiveness) in relation to effective stakeholder engagement mechanisms.

Firstly, a desk-analysis will be done to collate and compare the methodologies and outcomes of participatory foresight works related to marine waters and marine sectors undertaken within participating countries. Benefits attached to the different methodologies in terms of stakeholders’ engagement and best practices will be identified in relation to MSP specific objectives.

Secondly, best practices will be delivered in a practical handbook, offering an operational step by step method to support national bodies in charge of MSP implementation and applicable in a transboundary context.

A practical case study applying the method will be perfomred within an area to be defined (see below C1.3.6). The MSP process needs to ensure a good representativeness and stability of stakeholders, and therefore, the possibility of establishing a national stakeholder database will be considered to be used in the implementation of the MSP Directive.

Finally, a specific workshop on experiences for stakeholder engagement will be organised to discuss results of the desk-analysis and best practices identified. This workshop will involve partners, and will be open to other public authorities having a role in Maritime Spatial Planning, as well as to maritime stakeholders.


  1. Report on potential approaches and mechanisms for stakeholder engagement on MSP and the outcome of pilot testing in transboundary and localised cross-border working, and in all areas of interest, identifying best practices and an analysis of stakeholder perceptions.
  2. National stakeholder database including contact infonnation and the related sectors or activities.