Project Ideas



Sustainable Management and Planning of the North Sea Region

The sea is a scene of a wide range of activities. From nature´s own use to human activities like oil exploration, offshore wind farms, shipping, fishery, aquaculture, and recreation. In the recently launched Blue Growth initiative, the European Commission identifies a potential for further job-creation and innovative technology development in the sea area, like new offshore renewable energy technologies, sustainable aquaculture, maritime coastal and cruise tourism, marine mineral resources, and biotechnology utilising marine organisms. Human activities are not always compatible with the need of nature, and may lead to several threats like eutrophication, habitat damage, and proliferation of invasive species. This balance between use and protection is delicate and calls for integrated planning and management.

A.C. Meyers Vaenge 15


Henning Sten Hansen

Tel: 28156464

Central Aim

Maritime spatial planning works through the allocation of three-dimensional space, utilising the ecosystem-based approach and integrating all available relevant knowledge in order to establish the basis for decision-making from the local to North Sea region scale. Maritime spatial planning is not a one-time plan, but rather a continuing and iterative process and typically, it adapts over time. The complexity of scalability makes maritime spatial planning more of a planning system with delegation of power to different planning authorities. In order to address both the temporal dimension and the stakeholder-complexity, maritime spatial planning needs to focus on collaboration structures, spatial information systems, objectives and targets for the relevant sectors, uses and values, and national framework or policy statements to support sectorial integration and allocation.

The objective of the current project is to

  • Develop integrated and innovative solutions on maritime spatial planning through transnational and holistic governance structures and applying advanced information technology

Envisaged Output

The expected outcome of the BALSAMICO project will be

  • A common conceptual model for maritime spatial planning for policymaking in the North Sea Region
  • Policy-relevant research-based knowledge leading to a better understanding of how governmental structures shape environmental and resource management policies, and an improved policy performance
  • A new decision support system based on the principles of good territorial and multi-level governance including the active involvement of stakeholders and practitioners representing different sectors and interests on national, regional and local level.
  • Tools for stakeholder involvement, for decision support and for impact assessment

Partners Found Already

Aalborg University

Partners Sought

Universities and public authorities around the North Sea

Estimated Budget
To be decided

Thematic Keywords
Maritime spatial planning, ecosystem services, collaborative planning, sustainable development

Lead Beneficiary

10 September 2014

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