Integrated & horizontal activities

Besides the 3 main topics (Shipping, Energy and Environment) the project has 3 cross-sector activities.

MSP Coordination

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is a tool to help balance the often competing user interests as well as protecting the environment. However, MSP is more effective, if national Maritime Spatial Plans are coordinated and not contradictory. A lack of MSP coordination of spatial designations (including for environmental protection sites, shipping routes and energy infrastructure) can lead inefficient use of sea space, higher costs for maritime industries and compromised environmental objects. At the same time, transnational MSP coordination must ensure that planners and stakeholders have a joint understanding of MSP systems, processes and concepts in their region.

In the project we therefore work on the following activities

  • Conducting a comparative analysis on Maritime Spatial Planning systems (so the legal systems)
  • Propose options on common map legends
  • Conducting a study 'regions in relation to national Maritime Plans' (competences, needs, how to integrate in process)
  • Develop an overview of how the ecosystem approach is implemented in the national plans.
  • Final result: Develop recommendations for a multi-level Maritime Spatial Planning framework for the North Sea Region.

MSP Challenge   

The MSP Challenge 2050 is an existing computer supported simulation-game that gives maritime spatial planners insight in the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem.  The game contributes to policy learning and international planning practices with regard to integrated Marine Spatial Planning. The game makes players try, experience failure and success, and reflect upon questions on future challenges.

For the NorthSEE project, the MSP Challenge software will be adapted for the project needs. Stakeholders of the three target sectors will be invited to transnational workshops to discuss spatial implications of future trends in each sector. Later in the project, planners and stakeholders will jointly discuss the planning solutions developed for environmental protection, shipping routes and energy corridors. These sector involvement events increase the capacity of sector representatives to contribute to MSP as active stakeholder



The project will develop an "Infoquarium", an innovative data and information platform for MSP. This platform will contain tailor-made information for planners, stakeholders as well as the interested public.



*The above map was created by the European MSP Platform, financed by the European Commission under the EMFF.