Maritime policy and blue growth

s.Pro develops and coordinates transnational projects and studies on:

Integrated maritime policy

The increasing exploitation of the sea space causes growing pressure on the marine environment. EU countries and regions have responded to this by extending the tools of terrestrial planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) to the sea and thus creating the new discipline of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). In both the 2007 Blue Book and the 2008 Roadmap, the EU Commission has identified MSP as a key tool to implement the new Integrated EU Maritime Policy.

Innovative and sustainable marine uses and blue growth

New technologies and growing knowledge is opening doors for opportunities on the sea. Examples of new possible sea uses are macro-algae cultivation, blue biotechnology, and innovative solutions for fish and mussel mariculture as well as wave energy exploitation. The EU Commission’s Blue Growth Strategy recognizes that new sustainable uses of the sea are appealing for commercial and environmental purposes. Also, in its Bioeconomy Strategy, the EU Commission promotes an economy based on a smart use of biological and renewable resources not only from land, but also from the sea, as inputs to food and feed, industrial and energy production.

Integrated management and planning of estuarine areas

Estuaries are the interfaces between land and sea. They are dynamic and valuable ecosystems traditionally shaped by different kinds of human uses and activities like port and industrial development, flood regulation, transportation, food production and recreation. Against this backdrop integrated estuarine management means to understand all estuary functions and to take economical, ecological and societal needs into account - a great challenge for the responsible authorities and involved stakeholders.