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Exploring Multi-Use Potentials in the Euro-Mediterranean Sea Space

Science of the Total Environment 653 (2019) 612-629


In the framework of the MUSES Project, the paper aims to review current and future Multi-Use potentials and opportunities, and addresses challenges of ten existing and potential Multi-Use combinations driven by three maritime sectors: tourism, renewable energy and the oil and gas industry. Multi-Use is an emerging concept to overcome spatial claims and support Blue Growth. On the European level, several initiatives have identified MU concepts as an instrument to unlock blue economy.  

Type of practice:
Stage of MSP cycle:
Cross-border / trans-national aspect:
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Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What is the definition of Multi-Use given by the MUSES project?
  • How to assess Multi-Use potentials and effectiveness?
  • What are the potentials of Multi-Use in the Euro-Mediterranean Sea?
  • What are the Multi-Use combinations in the Euro-Mediterranean Sea?

Implementation Context:

This research is part of the H2020 MUSES Project - Multi-Use of European Seas Project.

Aspects / Objectives:

This study aims to identify and analyse the Multi-Use potentials and opportunities in the Euro-Mediterranean Sea.


An analytical framework using a mixed method approach is proposed for the identification and analysis of Multi-Use potentialities in eight EU-countries in the Euro-Mediterranean Sea basin. The methodology is based on the collection, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data brought together in one assessment framework.

Main Outputs / Results:

The study offers a practical and effective approach to collect and analyse multiple information sources and aggregate results into a Euro-Mediterranean overview of Multi-Use potentials. It therefore helps decision-makers and planners in the development of ocean management strategies.


This practice can be transferable to another sea basin, the methodology for Multi-Use assessment could be replicated.

Responsible Entity:

CNR - National Research Council of Italy

ISMAR - Institute of Marines Sciences, Italy

Funding Source:

The research was financed by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under the Grant Agreement no 727451.

Contact person:

D. Depellegrin: (daniel[dot]depellegrin[at]ve[dot]ismar[dot]cnr[dot]it)


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