Regional Sea Conventions - Marine Protected Areas - EMODnet

The dataset on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) established under the framework of the Regional Sea Conventions (RSCs) was created in 2023 by Cogea for the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). It is based on spatial data provided by HELCOM (HELCOM_MPAs_2019_2), by SPA/RAC and MedPAN through the MAPAMED database (MAPAMED_SPAMI_2019_edition_version_2), and by OSPAR (OSPAR_MPAs_202107_001). It is available for viewing and download on EMODnet web portal (Human Activities, The dataset displays all the MPAs as officially reported by the respective Contracting Parties to the Helsinky Convention, to the Barcelona Convention and to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic. The RSCs MPAs are established in order to promote the cooperation in the management and conservation of natural areas, as well as in the protection of threatened species and their habitats. Each RSC MPA may be established in the marine and coastal zones subject to the sovereignty or jurisdiction of the Parties and in areas situated partly or wholly on the high sea. Thus, the dataset covers the MPAs Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) and the MPAs in following countries: Albania, Algeria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom. Where available each polygon has the following attributes: code, name (english and/or original), designation, country, status (adopted/designated, managed or partly managed, proposed), establishement year, area sqkm (reported, calculated), marine area sqkm (reported, calculated) management authorithy, site link. For further information please visit the data providers websites. This dataset covers the last updated versions in the 2021 and 2022.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Original title EMODnet Human Activities, Environment, Regional Sea Conventions Marine Protected Areas
Original abstract
Topic category
  • protected_areas
Sub category
Resource language English
Domain area
  • european_seas
Owner EMODnet Human Activities
Provider EMODnet Human Activities
Data portal EMODnet Human Activities
Presentation form Map (map represented in raster or vector form)
Spatial representation Vector - polygon
Coordinate reference system epsg:4326 - WGS84 (degree)
Web services
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Derived datasets
Successor of
Predecessor of
Temporal extent 2023-08-02
Spatial extent
Data accessibility
Validation level Official data
Additional information
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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              Additional info - MSP - Maritime activities

              Aquaculture, fishing, transport, energy, ...

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              Activity types Protected areas

              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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                        • Environment (e.g. pollution and biodiversity)
                        • Conservation (i.e. Protected areas)
                        • Strategic - International
                        • Strategic - EU
                        • Strategic - National
                        • Strategic - Regional
                        • Legislation - International
                        • Legislation - EU
                        • Legislation - National
                        • Legislation - Regional
                        • Planning - International
                        • Planning - EU
                        • Planning - National
                        • Planning - Regional
                        • Administrative - National
                        • Administrative - Regional
                        • Enforcement - Control
                        • Enforcement - Control
                        • Judicial application - International
                        • Judicial application - EU
                        • Judicial application - National
                        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