National Interests: Priorities and Security

Marine Spatial Planning: Possibilities for maritime areas and adjacent waters of the Murmansk Oblast

Vol. 14, Iss. 2, FEBRUARY 2018

Received: 1 December 2017

Received in revised form: 16 December 2017

Accepted: 28 December 2017

Available online: 15 February 2018


JEL Classification: O21, R11, R12, R58

Pages: 269–287

Ershova A.A. Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

Vicentiy A.V. Institute for Informatics and Mathematical Modelling at the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Murmansk Oblast, Russian Federation

Gogoberidze G.G. Murmansk Arctic State University, Murmansk, Russian Federation

Shishaev M.G. Murmansk Arctic State University, Murmansk, Russian Federation

Lomov P.A. Institute for Informatics and Mathematical Modelling at the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Murmansk Oblast, Russian Federation

ORCID id: not available

Importance The Murmansk oblast is the most rapidly developing region of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, combining types of natural resource management as part of various disputable sectors of maritime operations. It affects fragile Arctic ecosystems.
Objectives The research analyzes the existing Russian and international practices of applying the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) concept through the lens of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federations, and determines the future of socio-economic development of the maritime sector of the Murmansk oblast.
Methods The article deals with MSP tools as a practical procedure for determining the most effective use, dividing the maritime space and guiding the interaction of those who use it. It should be consistent with differences of natural resource users and streamline the spatial development at the environmental, social and economic level.
Results Russia is recommended to approve the principles for the State control over maritime operations. Dataset shall be improved, and intellectual IT shall be applied to process information about the use of marine space for various economic purposes.
Conclusions and Relevance If MSP tools are devised and developed in such key regions of Russia as the Arctic zone, they will secure national interests of the Russian Federation, on the one hand, and facilitate the performance of Russia’s international obligations for adapting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and implementing them.

Keywords: marine spatial planning, marine economic sectors


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