A North Sea Perspective on Shipping, Energy and Environmental Aspects in Maritime Spatial Planning (NorthSEE)


Project background

  • The North Sea Region (NSR) is one of the busiest areas for shipping and exploitation of natural resources (oil, gas, wind, etc.) in the world, and contains unique natural reserves.
  • The countries around the NSR are frontrunners when it comes to Maritime Spatial Planning. Most of them have implemented or are developing national Maritime Spatial Plans to promote sustainable development of the sea within their national boundaries.
  • Relevant authorities have used their own planning methods and processes to develop these plans. Exchange of the different approaches can serve as a source of inspiration for improving national MSP processes.  Furthermore exchange can improve mutual understanding of the different national MSP systems and hence facilitate coordination.
  • Given that the North Sea is a transnational area, coordination among national Maritime Spatial Plans is useful to capture synergies and to prevent incompatibilities concerning shipping routes, energy infrastructure and environmental protection.



The NorthSEE project aims to achieve:

  • Greater coherence in Maritime Spatial Planning (processes) and in Maritime Spatial Plans (capturing synergies and preventing incompatibilies.
  • Creating better conditions for sustainable development of the area in the fields of shipping, energy and environment protection.





Actions within activities

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Sectoral activities

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Integrated and horizontal activities

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Project presentation

NorthSEE Project Results Video


The MSP Challenge in the NorthSEE project


Latest Project News

'Train the Trainer' Workshop 2021

30 August 2021

On Monday 5 July and Wednesday 7 July, a group of 12 NorthSEE partners and their colleagues joined an online MSP Challenge ‘Train the Trainer’ worksh…

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NorthSEE Interim Findings Brochure published online

14 May 2020

New NorthSEE Interim Findings Brochure (May 2020) is now available online.

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Current status and future trends of grid cables, electricity interconnectors and pipelines in the North Sea

13 June 2019

High densities of submarine cables (including both power and telecommunication cables) and pipelines (for oil or gas transport) run across large stret…

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Connecting Seas conference in the Deutsche Seeschifffahrt Magazine

16 April 2019

The Connecting Seas conference in Hamburg has been a great knowledge sharing and networking event for Maritime Spatial Planning themselves, but also f…

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