Strategic Environmental Assessment North Sea Energy as an aid for Maritime Spatial Planning

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Project abstract

North Sea countries are now in the process of preparing maritime spatial plans but current legislation leaves space for different interpretations, which results in countries not always following comparable methods and approaches. The growing need for offshore wind park construction is one of the main drivers for infrastructure and other developments in the North Sea, which are ramping up fast and increasingly have cross-border impacts, or are planned across borders. 

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) can be used as a decision-making tool during the set-up of maritime spatial plans, the involvement of stakeholders and implementation of cross-border projects in specific areas.  Therefore, the general objective of this project is to develop a coherent (logical and well-organised) approach to SEAs, with a focus on renewable energy, in support of the development and effective implementation of maritime spatial plans.


Project duration
Project acronym
Call ID
EASME/EMFF/2016/ -Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu – Rijkswaterstaat (Min I&M – RWS) - Netherlands
Danish Maritime Authority – Denmark
Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) - Germany
Scottish Government (SG) - UK
Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe / Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CRPM/CPMR) - France
EU contribution
1.091.308,00 EUR

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