Exploring land-sea interactions: Insights for shaping territorial space.

Abstract: 

The interactions between land and sea are fundamental to human wellbeing. Within Europe, the 2014 Directive establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning (MSP Directive), which requires EU coastal member states to have marine spatial plans in place by 2021, also requires that MSP authorities should explicitly take into account land-sea interactions. This has stimulated a new phase of investigation into land-sea interactions in Europe. This paper aims to contribute to marine and coastal planning debates by reflecting on one of these investigations, the Maritime Spatial Planning and Land Sea Interactions (MSP-LSI) project. The paper starts by providing a historical overview of the growing attention being paid to LSI within the context of European policy making. This sets the context for the MSP-LSI project and the approach to exploring land-sea interactions it developed is outlined. The paper then uses examples from the project’s case study investigations to highlight and illustrate some of the wider insights the project revealed, both in relation to the extensive spatial footprint associated with selected maritime sectors and how marine space is being shaped by, and contributing to landward activity and governance agendas. It concludes by presenting a case not only for adopting a ‘one space’ perspective in MSP, but in territorial spatial planning and management regimes more generally. 

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
2019
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Land-sea interactions
Type of practice: 
Study
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Vision and aims
Analyse spatial aspects
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Strategic Environmental Assessment

QUESTIONS THIS PRACTICE MAY HELP ANSWER:

  • What is the importance of LSI in the MSP context?
  • What framework is followed when considering LSI in MSP?
  • What method is used when investigating LSI in MSP?

IMPLEMENTATION CONTEXT:

The paper represents a targeted analysis for the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON). Policy makers and stakeholders, drawn from across Europe, who share similar policy challenges, proposed these targeted analysis projects.

ASPECTS / OBJECTIVES:

This paper aims to contribute to marine and coastal planning debates by reflecting on one of these investigations, the Maritime Spatial Planning and Land Sea Interactions (MSP-LSI) project.

METHOD:

The research is based on the extensive literature review. It provides insights from the value chain analysis, as well as governance analysis.

MAIN OUTPUTS / RESULTS:

The commissioning of the research reflects the prominence of LSI issues among the European MSP community at the present time. The paper starts by providing a historical overview of the growing attention being paid to LSI within the context of European policy making. This sets the context for the MSP-LSI project and outlines the approach to exploring the LSI it developed. The paper then uses examples from the project’s case study investigations to highlight and illustrate some of the wider insights the project revealed, both in relation to the extensive spatial footprint associated with selected maritime sectors and how marine space is being shaped by, and contributing to, landward activity and governance agendas. It concludes by presenting a case, not only for adopting a ‘one space’ perspective in MSP, but in territorial spatial planning and management regimes more generally.

TRANSFERABILITY:

The methodology developed in this study can be applied in any MSP process.

Responsible Entity: 

Department of Geography & Planning, University of Liverpool.

Agency for Spatial Planning and State Planning Rostock Region.

Contact person: 

Sue Kidd: suekidd@liverpool.ac.uk