Marine Spatial Planning Workshop

Marine Research and High Education Center (MaRHE Center)
September 9, 2019
Magoodhoo Island, Maldives
Closing date
15th October 2019


Position Title: Marine Spatial Planning Workshop

Closing Date: 15st October 2019

Location: Magoodhoo Island, Faafu Atoll, Maldives

Workshop Dates: 15-23 January 2020

Workshop Description:

The Marine Research and High Education Center (#MaRHECenter) is a marine field station devoted to carry out research and teaching activities in the fields of marine sciences and marine biology, science of tourism and human geography, with the common mission of protect this fragile environment and its biodiversity.

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is defined as a public process deve­loped to find solutions in the use of the marine space and to spatially allocate the human activities while supporting their sustainability. MSP, in fact, aims at anticipating conflicts and promoting synergies between uses, limiting the impacts that maritime activities exert on the environ­ment. Indeed, MSP promotes the underpinning of socio-economic develop­ment and, at the same time, the protection of the marine environment and the sustainable use of its resources.

The general objective of the training workshop is to simulate an MSP process through the creation of a co-produced knowledge related to both the critical issues and the opportunities of the Maldivian island/s by incorporating, in a planning example, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental aspects including climate change.

This MSP workshop will be structured in both theoretical and practical parts conducted at the MaRHE Center by a teaching team composed by professionals coming from different research fields. In particular, the workshop is organized by a partnership between the University of Milano-Bicocca and the Planning Climate Change research group of the IUAV University of Venice.

During this 9-day intensive full-time 80-hour hands-on practical program general knowledge on several MSP aspects will be delivered:

  •  Marine Spatial Planning (MSP): Definition of MSP and its objecti­ves, description of the process, and case studies examples.
  • Ecosystem-based MSP (EB-MSP): MSP as opportunity for conser­vation and sustainable use of marine space and resources.
  • Land-Sea Interactions (LSI): Looking at the interface between land and sea domains, identification of land-sea processes and dynami­cs, and their importance within an MSP context.

Moreover, participants will be able to learn basic knowledge on the biology of the coral reef surrounding the Maldivian islands and its eco­logical role.

The practical activity will include the building of the knowledge framework through data and information collection in relation to different aspects of the area: envi­ronmental, urban, political, socio-economic, and cultural.

The exercise will be structured following the main phases of the MSP process: defining the vision and main objectives of the area, initial assessment of the area, data collection and mapping, analysis of the needs and critical issues of the area (use vs use; use vs environment).

Environmental information will be mapped and assessed through the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for high-resolution photos and topographic surveys, field and snorkelling activities and through a ha­bitat mapping exercise.
All the acquired information will be combined to identify criticalities in the area, present and potential conflicts and synergies through zoning and spatialization of the acquired information.

In the end participants will be able to propose potential spatial and management measures and solutions to boost sustainable development and environ­mental protection in the islands.

By attending the workshop, participants will receive a digital certificate of practice and knowledge on marine space planning through an international virtual credit called Open Badge issued by the University of Milano-Bicocca. For more details, please visit:

Application process:

To proceed with the registration you are required to complete the questionnaire, which you can find by following this link.

After completing the registration form, we kindly ask you to send an email to the following addresses:, and - specifying in the object: “Name Surname - Registration workshop”. We kindly ask you to send us a good quality scan of yours passport.

IMPORTANT: You will have to wait for our confirmation before proceeding with the payment of the instalment and the purchase of the flight.

A maximum number of participants is also provided.

A detailed program, related information and registration form is available at the link below.

The cost of the Marine Spatial Planning Workshop is 1300 euro.

The deadline for registration is fixed for 15th October 2019.

For more information of if you have any questions please contact Marhe Center:

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