ECOMAR: A data-driven framework for ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Planning in Danish marine waters

Jesper H. Andersen, Jørgen Bendtsen, Kathrine J. Hammer, Therese Harvey, Steen W. Knudsen, Ciaran J. Murray, Jacob Carstensen, Ib Krag Petersen, Signe Sveegaard, Jakob Tougaard, Karen Edelvang, Josefine Egekvist, Jeppe Olsen, Morten Vinther, Zyad Al-Hamdani, Jørn Bo Jensen, Jørgen O. Leth, Berit C. Kaae, Anton Stahl Olafsson, Will McClintockChad Burt, Dan Yocum

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Abstract

We report the developments and results of the ECOMAR project, which have taken place 2018-2020 and was funded by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS. ECOMAR has established state-of-the-art data sets for the distribution of human activities and pressures as well as ecosystem components in Danish marine waters. ECOMAR has mapped the combined effects of multiple human pressures, ranked pressures and analysed the potential effects of changes in pressure intensities and new human activities. ECOMAR has also outlined how zoning could be initiated in Denmark. Further, ECOMAR has modelled scenarios for 2030 and 2050 and concludes that agreed strategies and plans will probably not lead to reductions in human activities and pressures and accordingly unlikely to lead to improvements in environmental status.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNIVA
Number of pages81
ISBN (Electronic)978-82-577-7297-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesNIVA Report
Number7562-2020
ISSN1894-7948

Keywords

  • Marine spatial planning (MSP)
  • Ecosystem-based management (EBM)
  • Maritime spatial planning directive (MSPD)
  • Marine strategy framework directive (MSFD)

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