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Why and where Marine Spatial Planning is implemented in Namibia

There is a growing range of industries in the Namibian ocean space. These need to be managed in a coordinated way, to avoid conflicts between marine uses and conflicts with the environment. Namibia is therefore implementing MSP to facilitate integrated management of human uses in the ocean.

 

MSP seeks to contribute the following toward Namibian ocean development:

  1. Balance socio-economic benefits and ecological sustainability, and to do so both in the short and long term;
  2. Support the ability of sectors to make use of opportunities – in other words, make provision for their sustainable expansion if and when such opportunities arise; and
  3. Plan for those ocean uses that are only beginning to emerge, or may play a more significant role in the future (renewable energy generation is an example).

Namibia is a maritime nation with a rich ocean wealth and an ocean area that is about 540,000 km2, which is approximately 2/3 the size of its terrestrial area. The core planning area for the development of the first Marine Spatial Plan has been defined. The core planning area is bordered around Cape Cross in the north and Conception Bay in the south; the EEZ is the seaward boundary and the landward limit is the high-water mark (as determined or to be determined by Surveyor General). Subsequent plans with transboundary character will consult South Africa and Angola.

The Namibian Marine Spatial Plan(s) will contain text and maps that set out which activities are encouraged in the planning area.

 

NAM MSP area

The Namibian MSP core planning area