HANDBOOK Approaching activities’ interaction by building scenarios: a proposed method to strategic thinking

Abstract: 

This handbook 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. It proposes a methodology that provides a systematic approach to define and characterize uses in specific time and space, identifying where the conflict lies and allowing considering the weight attached to the various considerations of the final decision.

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
2021
Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Sectors: 
Aquaculture
Fishery
Mineral extraction
Offshore renewable energy production
Oil and gas exploitation
Scientific Research
Shipping
Submarine cables and pipelines
Tourism
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Type of practice: 
Handbook
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
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 content of this document was developed within the framework of Task 1.2: 'Identification and analysis of current spatial uses and needs' of the SIMAtlantic project.

Aspects / Objectives:

The handbook describes a proposed methodology to approach the interaction of activities beyond traditional spatial overlaps.

Method:

This methodology considers that there could be a potential interaction in a specific area between a use already in place and a new one to be allocated there. From this premise, the methodology tries to characterise each use, thus defining the specific interaction through the identification of “building blocks” to build a specific scenario.

The handbook is a summary of the complete deliverable “Current and Future Uses and Needs of the Atlantic region”.

Main Outputs / Results:

It provides a systematic approach to define and characterise uses in specific time and space, identifying where the conflict lies and allowing the weight attached to the various considerations of the final decision to be factored in.

Transferability:

The methodology presented is specific to 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/2018/1.2.1.5/SI2.806423-SIMAtlantic).

Contact person:

SIMAtlantic project.