This sub-component aim is to examine the approaches chosen in the evaluation of MSP by marine planning authorities working in the Western Mediterranean and to identify areas of common interest from which consensus may be built.

This activity will build-on existing practice, by initially working with marine planning authorities to scope existing approaches to the evaluation of MSP, and work in progress to develop these and the underpinning criteria and indicators. This approach recognises that the development of marine plans, and their associated evaluation, are at different states of progress within each of the MS whose marine plans cover part of the SIMWESTMED region.

Existing approaches to evaluation will be reviewed and compared in order to identify areas of common interest. Where appropriate, this will be informed by previous working e.g. (Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA), Evaluation Report), and the UNESCO Guide to Evaluating Marine Spatial Plans.

In the evaluation of the maritime spatial planning process the indicators and criteria available will be checked and if necessary reformulated for SIMWESTMED area.

The output from this action will be made available for consideration to the MS responsible for the development of marine plans within the SIMWESTMED area.

Output: Report to Steering Committee on analysis of approaches in the evaluation of MSP in the Western Mediterranean with proposals towards a common approach and any conclusions drawn.