The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Denmark are exploring the best approach to maritime spatial planning.
At the beginning of December, it was announced that these countries would receive a subsidy for the project Maritime Spatial Planning in the North Sea (MASPNOSE). The participants in MASPNOSE include LEI, IMARES and Wageningen University, under the auspices of the Centre for Marine Policy.
The MASPNOSE project aims to stimulate national governments to join forces to resolve conflicts relating to marine spatial planning around each other’s borders at sea. These problems can vary from building windmill parks to planning navigation routes. Spatial planning on European seas now only occurs on a national scale.