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TEAM4SEAS - Bridging the gaps: An innovative and operational participatory platform to connect science, stakeholders and policy for successful maritime spatial planning in Romania

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Romanian Government, Ministry of Research and Innovation (UEFISCDI)



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This research project will develop and evaluate how the participatory approaches contribute to the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) directive implementation. To identify realistic and sustainable solutions and designs for MSP,  the TEAM4SEAS project will adopt a participatory approach involving all stakeholders representing companies, authorities, researchers, locals, fishermen, NGOs, etc. The main aim is to illustrate how a web-GIS system can be applied as a sound basis for practically incorporating an ecosystem approach within maritime spatial planning initiatives. Key-benefits include effective data management, increased spatial understanding and the definition of conflicts across the Romanian Black Sea region. On the other hand, the progress recently made in framing the MSP process together with the stakeholders’ involvement and the new advancement (supported by our team) related to MSP issues prepared the ground for the current project which is the first conceived as an innovative and operational study to support spatially-based analyses of the Romanian Black Sea region. Moreover, our interdisciplinary approach will be conducted and presented in cordial ways that will increase stakeholder understanding of information generated thus supporting marine governance.

Project partners

University of Bucharest & Ovidius University of Constanta