North-Western Mediterranean Sea PSSA

The layer represents the extent of the Particularly Sensitive Sea Area of the Northern-Western Mediterranean Sea, as designated by the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the IHO with the resolution MEPC.380(80) adopted on 7 July 2023.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Original title
Original abstract
Topic category
  • protected_areas
Sub category IMO's Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs)
Resource language English
Domain area
  • mediterranean_sea
Provider EEA
Data portal TOOLS4MSP
Presentation form Map (map represented in raster or vector form)
Spatial representation Vector - polygon
Coordinate reference system
    Web services
      Derives from
      Derived datasets
      Successor of
      Predecessor of
      Temporal extent 2023-10-24
      Spatial extent
      Data accessibility Access use and constraints defined by EEA here ( applies, in particular the disclaimer "This map serves as a working tool only and shall not be considered as an official or legally-binding map representing marine borders in accordance with international laws. This map shall be used without prejudice to the agreements that will be concluded between Member States or between Member States and non-EU states in respect of their marine borders.".
      Validation level Official data
      Additional information The layer has been created starting from the dataset "MSFD regions and subregions - version 2, Oct. 2022" (available from the EEA geospatial data catalogue and the geographical coordinates contained in the document "Designation of the North-Western Mediterranean Sea as a particularly seansitive sea area", Annex 20 of the resolution MEPC.380(80) (adopted on 7 July 2023), and described also here:
      Metadata completeness Complete

      Additional info - MSP - Environment

      Species, habitats, ecosystems, pressures

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      MSFD Classes
        MSFD Descriptors/Criteria
          Non MSFD Classes

              Additional info - MSP - Oceanographic and CC

              Physics, biochemistry, EOV, ECV

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                Additional info - MSP - Conservation

                Protected areas, OECM, IBA, EBSA, CCH, IMMA, ...

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                Types Potential Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs)
                Zonation No

                Additional info - MSP - Maritime activities

                Aquaculture, fishing, transport, energy, ...

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                Activity types

                  Additional info - MSP - Coastal & Land use and planning

                  Land use, land cover, planning (strategic, coordination, operational)

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                    Additional info - MSP - Socio-economic

                    Living and non-living resources, shipping, tourism, energy, ...

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                    Activity types
                      Value types

                          Additional info - MSP - Ecosystem Services

                          Provisioning, regulation & maintenance, cultural

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                          CICES classes

                            Additional info - MSP - Legal, Governance & Planning

                            Strategic, legislation, planning, administrative, enforcement

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                                Who is in charge?

                                Additional info - MSP - Relevance

                                Relevance of the dataset / resource in supporting the MSP process at different spatial scales and temporal frames

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                                Relevance (spatial and temporal)
                                • International - present - High
                                • International - future - High
                                • National - present - High
                                • National - future - High
                                • Sub-area - present - High
                                • Sub-area - future - High
                                • Local - present - High
                                • Local - future - High