MUSES will assess potential synergies for multi-use as well as the challenges encountered through a series of 7 case studies with different thematic, geographic and focus area dimensions, and engage local stakeholders to identify barriers, opportunities, limitations and needs.

Case Studies Selection

The criteria for case studies selection was:

  • geographical representativeness of European Seas concerning MU / coexistence experiences;
  • off-shore and near-shore representativeness;
  • coverage of different economic sectors of the Blue Growth Strategy;
  • consideration of both “strong uses of the sea” by industrial and engineering sectors (e.g. off-shore platform and energy production) and “soft uses of the sea” (e.g. small-scale, artisanal fishery, aquaculture, tourism, etc.);
  • representativeness of different levels of MSP process maturity;
  • representativeness of both already implemented MU cases and examples of potential MU cases.

Case Studies

Case Study Objectives

  • to provide a complete spectrum of advantages and limitations in combining different uses of the sea;
  • to create local stakeholder platforms discussing (including beyond the project) MU potentiality, opportunities and limitations;
  • to identify barriers and opportunities of MU of the marine space to be addressed by the Action Plan (WP4) and possible local actions, and;
  • to concretely contribute to the advancement of MU in the contex of each specific case study

Case Study Methods

  • Desk activity of review and analysis;
  • Stakeholder involvement

Case Studies Main Focus Areas

  • “Addressing coexistence”: targeting case studies where multi-uses of the sea are already in place, but better management is needed in order to overcome barriers and conflicts.
  • “Boosting Blue Growth potential”: targeting case studies where multiple use of the sea is not in place yet, but where there is evidence of a high multi-use potentiality.
  • “Improving environmental compatibility”: this relates to case studies where protection of the marine environment and/or minimization of existing impacts are relevant issues.