north sea

Policy of use and management

The seascape of the North Sea has always been dynamic; it is the sea that is used by shipping and fishing nations for centuries. It is a rather shallow sea, with sand banks and only a few areas with hard substrates.

Expected outcome:

Project results are expected to contribute to all the following expected outcomes:


Expected outcome:

Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament

In the coming years, we will be increasingly familiar with the process of Maritime Spatial Planning as we look to simultaneously harness the energy of the winds and the seas and protect our marine environment from overexploitation, whilst continui

Ocean and coastal management

Seabed substrates have the capacity to support a variety of marine communities. However, habitats provided by natural substrates are increasingly modified and supplemented by man-made structures.

Policy exchange

The report provides an analysis of activities in the North Sea and draft policy recommendations for the UK Government in order to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The EU call for proposals in the area of Maritime Spatial Planning under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund:

Coastal Management

Multi-use (MU) has been promoted as a viable approach to the effective planning and mitigation of user-conflicts in the marine realm.


The report discusses the opportunities for engagement across and between regions to facilitate better understanding of marine planning and what it can achieve.


The report is the result of the NorthSEE project.


The study is developed within the context of the SEANSE project with the aim of comparing and analysing different criteria applied by the North Sea countries when planning their offshore wind farms (OWF), while considering the environment and othe