The Multi-Use in European Seas (MUSES) project is reviewing existing planning and consenting processes used for marine and coastal development of European seas. The aim is to ensure that the processes are robust, efficient and that they accommodate and facilitate a multiple-use development of marine resources.
The project is based on three main pillars:
1. Regional overviews of EU sea basins (Baltic Sea, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Eastern Atlantic) to facilitate adoption of a common multi-use approach across the sea basins.
2. A comprehensive set of case studies within EU sea basins to provide a complete spectrum of advantages of accommodating a multi-use approach to developing the EU marine environment.
3. An action plan to address challenges and opportunities of this multi-use approach identified in the regional overviews and case studies.
The project will build on existing knowledge to identify appropriate techniques to minimise barriers, risks and impact related to the multi-use development of the EU marine area whilst maximising local benefits and reducing gaps in knowledge. To goal is to deliver efficiencies through integrated planning and consenting processes, as well as through other techniques. This will help gain better understanding of issues that need to be addressed to facilitate multi-use development of European seas. The project will also provide recommendations for future action, taking into account national and regional factors, and different sea basin characteristics.