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Mapping of activities (past, present, future)


This tool uses GIS software to analyse and visualise information on the location of the current and planned activities. 

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Questions this practice may help answer

  • Do overlapping activities exist?
  • Where to expect conflicts?
  • How does a specific management result in a change of conflicts?

Implementation Context

This practice is part of the “Guidance of Better Integration of Aquaculture, Fisheries, and other Activities in the Coastal Zone”.

This guidance has been developed in the context of the COEXIST project, which ran from 2010 to 2013. It provides a comprehensive assessment of the conflicts and synergies between fisheries, aquaculture and other activities in the coastal zone in six COEXIST case study areas.

Aspects / Objectives

The objective is to present the spatial management tool “Mapping of activities (past, present, future)” to the different stakeholders of coastal activities and to evaluate this tool.


This tool has been tested and implemented in one of the six case studies of the COEXIST project: the North Sea case study involving Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Main Outputs / Results

The “Mapping of activities (past, present, future)” tool is evaluated in this document. The general requirements to use this tool are presented, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the tool, its cost and the skills needed.


This document presents a spatial management tool and this introduction to and evaluation of the “Mapping of activities” tool is therefore highly transferable. Thanks to this document, each stakeholder is able to judge if this tool could be relevant in his specific case.  

Contact Person

Øivind Bergh

Principal scientist, dr. scient

Institute of Marine Research (oivind[dot]bergh[at]imr[dot]no)

Responsible Entity

Institute of Marine Research

Bergen, Norway

Costs / Funding Source

Costs: unknown

Funding Source: European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 2007-2013)