External Organisations

  • Wageningen IMARES, Netherlands
  • University College London, United Kingdom
  • Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Germany
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Institute of Marine Research, Norway
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • National Research Council of Italy, Italy
  • Marine and Food Technological Centre, Spain
  • Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta
  • Cefas, United Kingdom
  • Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Deltares, Netherlands
  • Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norway
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Netherlands
  • Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Belgium
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Germany
  • Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models and the Scheldt Estuary, Belgium

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The MESMA project focused on marine spatial planning and aimed to produce integrated management tools (concepts, models and guidelines) for monitoring, evaluating and implementing Spatially Managed Areas (SMAs). The main tasks in the project were information analysis, the development of a generic framework, the testing and evaluation of this framework through case‐studies and the development of a toolbox. A significant proportion of the effort was centered on the case studies within five geographical regions: the North Sea, Baltic, Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Black Sea. This approach made it possible to compare pressures on an inter‐regional level (e.g. offshore wind farms in the North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic), or a multi‐pressure level for a specific region (e.g. SMA in fishing, wind‐energy, geo‐hazards and tourism in the Black Sea).

The project was coordinated by IMARES, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands.

The project was funded by EU, Framework Programme 7.
FP7 reference id (OpenAIRE)226661


  • Research areas: Ecosystem based Marine Management & Marine Living Ressources & Coastal Ecology


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