Klazen launches the Marine Spatial Planning status report

Sharlien Tjambari

The Spatial Marine Planning (MSP) Current Status Report- Knowledge Baseline was launched on Thursday, 18 November in Swakopmund. The report brings together the evidence required for the development of Marine Spatial Planning. It provides the foundation for guiding future development at sea.

The MSP is a decision-making process that guides where and when human activities occur in the ocean.
Making sure the right activity takes place in the right area, helps the ocean economy to grow sustainably – benefitting humans and the environment alike.
According to the Executive Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Annely Haiphene, MSP provides a mechanism for an integrated planning approach for marine management. It provides a framework and guidance on the use of ocean by different stakeholders to maximize benefits and minimize conflicts among the ocean users.
MSP has been authorised by Cabinet through the 2nd National Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) 2013 – 2022. MSP is a key strategic goal of the National Development Plan 5 (NDP 5) to achieve a blue economy “that sustainably maximizes the economic benefits from marine resources to ensure equitable marine wealth distribution for all Namibians”. This is in view of the growing range of industries in Namibia’s ocean space (fishing, mining, trans-port, and tourism) that exert increasing pressure on the health of the eco-system.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Derek Klazen said: “Having perused the current status report I am convinced that it is an important milestone in the Namibian Marine Spatial Planning process, since it brings together multiple sectors and stakeholders to integrate their spatial claims and interests in order to generate the best sustainable ocean development pathway for the country. As such, it contributes directly to the development of a sustainable blue economy”.

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