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Marine spatial planning in Cyprus
Author(s): Diofantos Hadjimitsis; Athos Agapiou; Christodoulos Mettas; Kyriacos Themistocleous; Evagoras Evagorou; Branka Cuca; Christiana Papoutsa; Argyro Nisantzi; Rodanthi-Elisavet Mamouri; George Soulis; Zafiris Xagoraris; Vasiliki Lysandrou; Kyriacos Aliouris; Nicolas Ioannou; Gerasimos Pavlogeorgatos
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Paper Abstract

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), which is in concept similar to land-use planning, is a public process by which the relevant Member State’s authorities analyse and organise human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives. MSP aims to promote sustainable growth of maritime economies, sustainable development of marine areas and sustainable use of marine resources. This paper highlights the importance of MSP and provides basic outcomes of the main European marine development. The already successful MSP plans can provide useful feedback and guidelines for other countries that are in the process of implementation of an integrated MSP, such as Cyprus. This paper presents part of the MSP project, of which 80% funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and 20% from national contribution. An overview of the project is presented, including data acquisition, methodology and preliminary results for the implementation of MSP in Cyprus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9535, Third International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2015), 953511 (19 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2195655
Show Author Affiliations
Diofantos Hadjimitsis, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Athos Agapiou, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Christodoulos Mettas, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Kyriacos Themistocleous, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Evagoras Evagorou, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Branka Cuca, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Christiana Papoutsa, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Argyro Nisantzi, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Rodanthi-Elisavet Mamouri, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
George Soulis, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Zafiris Xagoraris, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Vasiliki Lysandrou, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Kyriacos Aliouris, Ministry of Communications and Works (Cyprus)
Nicolas Ioannou, Ministry of Communications and Works (Cyprus)
Gerasimos Pavlogeorgatos, Univ. of the Aegean (Greece)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9535:
Third International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2015)
Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis; Kyriacos Themistocleous; Silas Michaelides; Giorgos Papadavid, Editor(s)

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