On 11 January 2007, the 3rd Conference of Presidents agreed to endorse the so-called Map of Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) as a tool for the long-term planning and development of these infrastructures in a coordinated manner between the General State Administration and the Autonomous Communities.

The ICTS are distributed throughout the national territory and are included in what is called the “National Map of Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)” (hereinafter the ICTS Map). The first was agreed at the III Conference of Presidents, held on 11 January 2007, and was drawn up with the participation of the Autonomous Communities. Since then, a review and evaluation of this map has been carried out periodically, the updating of which is part of the mandate established in the “Spanish Science and Technology and Innovation Strategy 2013-2020” approved by the Council of Ministers on 1 February 2013. An update was approved in 2014 and remained in force until 6 November 2018, when the Council for Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policy (CPCTI) approved the current one, comprising 29 ICTS that bring together a total of 62 infrastructures.

The ICTS Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, managed by the PLOCAN Consortium, facilitates access to and efficient use of the oceanic environment with the greatest environmental and sustainability guarantees, providing scientific laboratories, autonomous vehicles and, in general, technical capacities and means located in the marine environment. The Canary Islands Oceanic Platform Test Bed, also managed by the PLOCAN Consortium, belongs to the distributed ICTS MARHIS (Maritime Aggregated Research Hydraulic Infrastructures) which aims to increase the competitiveness and efficiency of Spanish ICTS in the field of maritime hydraulic engineering (coastal, port and offshore) by offering their infrastructures and associated technological services in a coordinated manner. The agreement for the establishment and coordinated management of MARHIS was signed on 4 January 2021.

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