Posted by Dr Kira Gee, Department Human Dimensions of Coastal Areas
More and more countries around the world are developing maritime spatial plans (MSP) in an attempt to spatially manage human activities in the ocean. This book is a collection of articles that critically engage with the concept of maritime spatial planning. Situated at the intersection between theory and practice, it reflects on the history of MSP, on current practice and possible future developments. Authors 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. For example, how can MSP contribute to sustainable blue growth? Can a fluid environment such as the ocean be spatially managed at all? What of socio-cultural values and power dimensions in MSP, and how can stakeholders be successfully included in MSP processes? Researchers of our department „Human Dimension of Coastal Areas“ are co-editors and have contributed to several chapters of the book. Download of the entire volume or single chapters is possible.
Zaucha, J., & Gee, K. (eds) (2019): Maritime Spatial Planning – past, present, future. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2019, Print ISBN 978-3-319-98695-1, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-98696-8
About this book:
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.