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Cooperation Governance for Next-Level Maritime Spatial Planning in the North Sea

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Interreg North Sea


2.679.386 €

About the Project:

The Norsaic Project aims to create a future-proof and innovative cooperation governance for next-level transnational Maritime SpatialPlanning (MSP) in the North Sea.
The North Seas marine space is an intensely used area, shared by many countries and actors who have various interests, while also newemerging usages and challenges develop. At the same time, the North Sea is also an important environmental asset. Climate change,economic drivers and local/regional impacts of activities necessitate new and adapted MSP approaches, innovation and an overallimproved joint capacity, which is jointly developed by authorities and decision-makers, research organizations and maritime actors, foran improved cooperation governance on national, as well as local/regional level.

Norsaic will bring together all these actors, who will jointly work together to lay the foundations for a vibrant, healthy and sustainableNorth Sea region in the face of climate change by focusing on adaptation strategies and visions for the future, creating innovationcapacity for governance and finally building joint capacity for cooperation in MSP. Norsaic ambitions are to bring MSP to a next-level byfacing transnational cooperation to govern the sustainable transition of the marine space. Norsaic´s approach will cover a) a muchneeded adaptation and advancement of crucial MSP elements, such as land-sea-interaction, cumulative impacts and multi-use of space todevelop future proof MSP processes and plans in the NSR responding to a changing climate, b) establish innovation capacity for MSP forinstitutionalization of advanced next level planning and to eventually c) come up with joint capacity actions towards long lastinggovernance in next level MSP on all levels.

Overall Norsaic will increase the overall cooperation governance in MSP by jointly developing MSP adaptations, strategies and actionplans, which will be adopted and implemented by national and local/regional authorities in the NSR.


  • University of Oldenburg (DE)
  • Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (DE)
  • Breda University of Applied Sciences (NL)
  • Ministry for Infrastructure and WaterManagement (NL)
  • Centre for Studies on Risks, the Environment,Mobility and Urban Planning - CEREMA (FR)
  • Swedish Agency for Marine and WaterManagement (SE)
  • eological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (DK)
  • General directorate for maritime affairs,fisheries and aquaculture - DGAMPA (FR)
  • Own capital – Institute of Agriculture andfishery - EV-ILVO (BE)
  • Federal Public Service Public Health, FoodChain Safety and Environment, Marine EnvironmentService (BE)