a North Sea Perspective on Shipping, Energy and Environment Aspects in MSP
Project Duration
March 2016
December 2018
Research Priority Area
Environmental Impact of Maritime Activities
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The North Sea is both an environmental asset and a source for value generation for different maritime sectors. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is a tool to help balance the often competing user interests as well as environmental protection aims. However, MSP can only be effective, if national Maritime Spatial Plans are coordinated and not contradictory. A lack of MSP coordination leads to spatial inefficiencies, higher costs for maritime industries and compromised environmental objects. The NorthSEE project launches a sea-basin wide coordination process among MSP authorities in the North Sea Region (NSR). In this context, NorthSEE aims at achieving greater coherence in MSP across the NSR for three transnational topics: environmental aspects, shipping routes and energy infrastructure. The project started in 2016 and will run for three years.



Principal Investigator
Larry Hildebrand
WMU Adjunct Professor and Special Advisor for the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute
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