The aim of the MUSES project (Multi-Use in European Seas) was to explore the opportunities for Multi-Use in European Seas across all EU sea basins. The project was designed to examine the challenges of developing Multi-Uses of ocean space from a number of perspectives and geographic scales, and provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental, spatial, economic and societal benefits of co-location of offshore and near-shore activities.
MUSES built on existing knowledge to explore the real opportunities for Multi-Use in European Seas, including the scope for innovation and Blue Growth potential and to present practical solutions on how to overcome existing barriers and minimize risks associated with Multi-Use development.
MUSES was a two year project, co-ordinated by Marine Scotland, that commenced in November 2016 and came to an end in October 2018. There are 10 project partners from across Europe with a mix of consultancies, academia and government bodies that provide both a wide geographical coverage and broad depth of knowledge/expertise, with strong links to stakeholder groups.
The Submariner Network has led the development of MUSES Ocean Multi-Use Action Plan which addresses inappropriate regulatory, operational, environmental, health and safety, societal and legal barriers to multi-use development. This was a stakeholder driven process which has involved crucial actors from different sectors, and geographic scales (national, sea basin and EU wide), covering all EU sea basins.
Click here for the executive summary and a full version of the MUSES Action Plan. Apart from the Action Plan, the project website also hosts multiple interesting reports showing the results of multi-scale analysis of various types of multi-use, including 10 case studies and sea basin comparison report.
Learn more about the project here.