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Title: Maritime Spatial Planning in Cyprus
Authors: Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
Agapiou, Athos 
Themistocleous, Kyriacos 
Mettas, Christodoulos 
Evagorou, Evagoras G. 
Soulis, George 
Xagoraris, Zafiris 
Pilikou, Maria 
Aliouris, Kyriacos 
Ioannou, Nicolas 
Keywords: activities;conflicts;Cyprus;GIS;legal framework;Marine Spatial Planning
Category: Civil Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2016
Source: Open Geosciences, Volume 8, Issue 1, 1 January 2016, Pages 653-661
Abstract: © 2016 D. G. Hadjimitsis et al. Spatial Planning is a critical tool for land management and is extensively used in all developed nations. The Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), at the European Union (EU) level, is based on Directive 2014/89/EU of the European Parliament and Council of 23rd July 2014 which establishes a common framework for MSP in the EU, which each Member State is called to apply in relation to the maritime space under its jurisdiction (marine waters). In this paper the overall results from the "Cross-Border Cooperation for the development of Marine Spatial Planning" project are presented for the area of Cyprus. A variety of activities fall within the MSP such as maritime transport routes and traffic flows, exploration, exploitation and extraction of energy resources, tourism, underwater cultural heritage etc. In addition, the legal framework, activities maps are also shown. The variety of conflicts maps for the area of Limassol are illustrated both in 2D and 3D. A hypothetical scenario of Limassol town in Cyprus as an energy center is presented based on the overall results. The paper ends with some conclusions regarding the framework of MSP in Cyprus.
ISSN: 23915447
DOI: 10.1515/geo-2016-0061
Type: Conference Papers
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