A Guide to Evaluating Marine Spatial PlansTools
This new guide serves to assist ocean planners and managers to establish steps towards monitoring and evaluating the performance of marine spatial plans, and ultimately to define and measure “how successful” a given MSP process is.
With national Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initiatives being implemented in about 40 countries around the world in the past 12 years, it is expedient that monitoring and evaluation are integrated into each stage of the ocean planning process and not only considered after plans have been developed.
Since 2005, the IOC has been instrumental in promoting MSP and in providing international guidance through collection and sharing of good practices, as demonstrated by our 2009 Guidelines ‘Marine Spatial Planning: a step-by-step approach toward ecosystem-based management‘ (IOC M& G No 53) which have inspired the development of national MSP processes in more than 20 countries around the world.
Building on the same conceptual approach and written by IOC leading MSP expert, Dr. Charles Ehler, the new guide defines 8 steps to evaluating marine spatial plans and emphasizes the importance of considering evaluation at the beginning of the plan process, setting measurable and specific objectives, having clear management actions, developing relevant indicators and targets, involving stakeholders throughout the planning process and linking targets and baselines to the monitoring and evaluation plan.
The guide is complemented with a new website (http://openchannels.org/msp-eval-guide) that shows brief interviews with 10 MSP professionals from all over the world summarizing their practical experiences with monitoring and evaluation. The website was produced by the IOC in partnership with the OpenChannels Forum for Ocean Planning and Management and Green Fire Productions. Financial support for development of both the guide and the website was provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
For more information, contact Mr. Julian Barbière, Head, Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section (firstname.lastname@example.org).