External Organisations

  • Wageningen IMARES, Netherlands
  • Stichting DLO
  • Deltares, Netherlands
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Germany
  • Ghent University, Belgium

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Several EU member states are working on spatial plans for their part of the North Sea. However, most marine spatial planning is carried out on a national level and largely ignores the possible benefits of cross-border cooperation. Joining forces with neighboring countries could prove to be an efficient way forward. A first step in this direction is the EU MASPNOSE project that brings together spatial planning practitioners, stakeholders and researchers in order to deal with these bottlenecks. MASPNOSE is an EU project on ecosystem based Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the North Sea, focusing on cross-border areas. The project focuses on the southern North Sea with Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands as target countries.

To achieve this aim, MASPNOSE will explore possibilities for cooperation among North Sea countries; establish elements for a common agenda for cooperation of countries around the North Sea; test the 10 key principles on Maritime Spatial Planning set up by the European Commission; and identify potential barriers and opportunities for cross border Maritime Spatial Planning.

The MASPNOSE project acknowledges the overarching importance of national authorities and other stakeholders(e.g. industries, NGO’s) in Maritime Spatial Planning. National governments will have an advisory role in the project. Stakeholder participation is one of the focus points of the project and will take place in the different case studies on a local scale. MASPNOSE can be seen as an experiment on how cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning could be carried out. This will be based on two cross-border case studies in the North Sea: the Dutch-Belgian border and the Dogger Bank.

The project is coordinated by Wageningen University, The Netherlands.


  • Research areas: Ecosystem Based Marine Management & Marine Habitats
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