The Role of Regions in Maritime Spatial Planning within the North Sea Area.


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The report discusses the opportunities for engagement across and between regions to facilitate better understanding of marine planning and what it can achieve.

Sea Basin(s): 
October 2019
Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Strategic Environmental Assessment

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What is the role of the regions in the MSP process?
  • How regions can be involved in the MSP process?

Implementation Context:

The study is produced within the framework of the NorthSEE project, which aims to achieve greater coherence in the spatial planning processes. The report on the Role of Regions in MSP in the North Sea Area complements the other reports on Shipping, Energy Infrastructure and Environmental issues, produced within the famework of the project.

Aspects / Objectives:

The aim of this report is to demonstrate how regions can be involved in the maritime spatial planning.


The first part of the report represents an overview of the legislative context for MSP in the North Sea, with a summary of national approaches for its implementation. The final part presents the conclusions and recommendations for marine planning authorities, regional entities and other relevant stakeholders.

Main Outputs / Results:

MSP systems are generally designed to deliver national objectives, and they vary considerably in their scope and approach. Representation of regional interests is essential for securing a comprehensive understanding of what Maritime Spatial Planning can deliver.


The study is conducted with a focus on the North Sea, but applied methodology can be useful for other marine regions.

Responsible Entity:

NorthSEE project

Funding Source:

The NorthSEE project is co-funded by INTERREG V B: North Sea Region Programme 2014 – 2020.