Marine spatial planning is an important tool for the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM). It is needed for the vital planning and management concerning our marine areas.
The importance of both water usage and protection sometimes conflict with one another. Marine spatial planning should therefore clarify which interests take priority in various areas. Many interests are in fact shared, such as in shipping, fishing, wind energy, tourism, defense, and material extraction. The purpose of marine spatial planning is to prevent conflicts between various interests and assist in solving conflicts that do occur.