The overview will consist of several regional overviews which take into account the specificity of various EU sea basins:

  • Baltic Sea
  • North Sea
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Black Sea and,
  • Eastern Atlantic.

It will be an analytical framework developed by the sea basin leaders so that an overall common approach is taken in each region. Three main tasks are envisaged:

Task 2.1 Develop Analytical Framework

Sea basin leaders will develop an interdisciplinary framework for the analysis of MU in the sea basin context which will provide the Project consortium with practical research tools necessary to examine theoretical understanding and practical experience related to MU. This framework will subsequently guide the further analysis and also feed into WP3 Case Study analysis. Based on an overview of existing literature on MU, an analytical scheme including key research questions will be developed. This analysis will incorporate previous studies and practical experiences on MU.

The most recent version of the Analytical Framework can be viewed here. Please note, that this framework is a working document which will evolve and change over the lifetime of the project.

Task 2.2 Sea Basin Overviews

Subtask 2.2.1: North Sea (task leader: UOD)

Subtask 2.2.2: Eastern Atlantic (task leader: FGF)

Subtask 2.2.3: Baltic Sea (task leader: MIG)

Subtask 2.2.4: Mediterranean Sea (task leader: ISMAR)

Subtask 2.2.5: Black Sea (task leader: Ecorys)

The chosen set-up of geographical division of research will allow more tailored place-based approach. Each task will be comprised of similar research steps adjusted to the specificity of each sea basin. Those steps will encompass:

  1. Overview of MU in each of five Sea Basins: Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North Sea and Eastern Atlantic.
  2. Identification of the state of the art in development of an idea of MU in each of 5 Sea Basins.
  3. Identification of drivers and barriers for MU related to the legal framework, administrative process, and mindset of decision makers responsible for management of the sea space.

Task 2.3 Sea Basin Comparison & Task 2.4 Final WP2 Report (Task leader: MiG): The sea basin comparison will clearly show the progress in development of the MU in each sea basin Mapping of MU existence. It will also compare the different trajectories and mechanisms of development of an idea of MU in various sea basins in relation to key political and social processes and key policies. A comparison will be made between real and perceived barriers. It will clearly compare drivers and mechanisms supporting and promoting MU concept in various sea basins. Outline and identify the specificity of the sea basins with regard to implementation of the MU concept (focus on natural circumstances, consciousness of stakeholders and decision makers, planning culture etc.), Identify potential sectors and sea areas suitable for promotion of the MU in various sea basins. The comparison will serve as an input for the work in WP3 and WP4, and therefore also require interim internal reporting periods with WP3 and WP4 work package leaders. With respect to WP4, the comparison will form a basis with which we can map the potentiality of MU across sea basins and identify potential sectors and sea areas suitable for promotion of MU across different sea basins.

Task 2.4 Final WP2 Report