Marine spatial planning (MSP) arises as a public process of analysing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives that usually have been specified through a political process. By mapping activities and determining the space for each activity, the process provides a characterization of current uses and helps to establish potential areas for future uses. This enables a policy process  to better determine how maritime zones are sustainably used and protected, now and for the future of African generations. This course will provide an overview of the MSP process, taking into consideration Africa’s specific needs and the 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy  as well as the expected impact of Blue Economy /Growth in Africa.