D1.2 Current and future uses and needs of the European Atlantic region


This paper has been developed within the context of the SIMAtlantic project that aims to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Plans in line with MSP Directive requirements. This report proposes measures in the present that could prevent conflicts and maximize synergies in the future.

Sea Basin(s): 
August 2021
Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Mineral extraction
Offshore renewable energy production
Oil and gas exploitation
Scientific Research
Submarine cables and pipelines
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • How to prevent future conflict and promote synergies in the Atlantic region?

Implementation Context:

The report was produced within the framework of the SIMAtlantic project.

Aspects / Objectives:

The purpose of this task is to provide framework information and guidelines for the improvement of integration between activities in the project area by focusing on the prevention of potential future conflicts and promotion of possible synergies.


  • A background review of existing analyses and past initiatives (i.e., SIMNORAT and SIMCelt outputs) related to maritime activities and strategies at regional level has been completed.
  • A decision support tool has been developed to address the interactions between activities.

Main Outputs / Results:

This report envisages a potential future where a specific interaction between different uses of marine space occurs, analysing their implications and thus proposing measures to be put in place in the present that could prevent conflicts and maximise synergies in the future.


This report presents the future uses and needs for the Atlantic region and therefore cannot be used for other regions.

Responsible Entity:

SIMAtlantic project.

Costs / Funding Source:

This document was produced as part of the SIMAtlantic project (Grant Agreement: EASME/EMFF/2018/

Contact person:

SIMAtlantic project.