Spatial demands, future trends for maritime sectors and related cumulative impacts


This study evaluates the current and potential future trends of maritime sectors and related spatial demands, considering the related cumulative impact analysis in a ”Blue Growth Scenario” in Croatia, Greece, Italy and Slovenia. 

Sea Basin(s): 
December 2018
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Economic aspects
Environment aspects
Land-sea interactions
Sea-basin cooperation
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • How are spatial demands defined in MSP?

Implementation Context:

The study component seeks to address spatial demands for the SUPREME region, to serve as a guidance for the implementation of MSP.

Aspects / Objectives:

The aim of this case study was to analyse current and future spatial demands for maritime sectors and their cumulative impacts within the defined study area.


The methodological approach used is presented in the following figure:


The study covered the following clusters:

−fish and shellfish harvesting (professional, recreational) and aquaculture, including infrastructure;

−extraction of oil and gas and renewable energy generation (wind, wave and tidal power), including infrastructures;



−maritime tourism, including cruise tourism and sailing and nautical activities

Main Outputs / Results:

The study generated a spatial demand analysis of current and future trends for the study area for each of the clusters defined.  Additionally the authors developed a cumulative impact analysis mathematical formula.


This study can be used as a methodological base for the development of spatial demand studies for other sea-basins.

Responsible Entity:


Costs / Funding Source:

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of the European Union-through the Grant Agreement EASME/EMFF/2015/ –SUPREME

contact person:

Emanuela Varone