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Ocean multi-use is an innovative approach that involves intentional joint use of resources (physical space, platforms, logistics, etc.) by two or more users, such as offshore wind and sustainable aquaculture or nature restoration. It represents a radical change from the traditional concept of exclusive resource rights to inclusive sharing of resources by multiple users. This holistic approach to marine resources management can help reconcile different national priorities, such as energy security, marine protection and continuation of sustainable fishing tradition.

At SUBMARINER we bring together maritime stakeholders to jointly shape multi- use solutions that are both economically viable and have a positive impact on marine environment. We advocate for the integration of multi-use into maritime policy and spatial planning through dedicated stakeholder processes, zoning and permitting systems.

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We bring partners together to jointly develop innovative multi-use solutions and support planners and regulators to promote multi-use  

Factors limiting the implementation of multi-use

Many innovative multi-use concepts have been proposed by the marine planning, scientific and business communities and are being advocated for in a range of policies. Further, demonstrators across Europe are beginning to show the real benefits of multi-use solutions. 

Despite progress being made, functional multi-use developments remain few in number due to inadequate regulatory frameworks and a lack of knowledge about the potential environmental and economic impacts of such projects. At SUBMARINER we are working to address these gaps through our work.

Multi-use resources hub

Our specialists have put together a collection of publications, additional relevant projects, tools, and resources on the topic of ocean multi-use

Roadmap to Integrate Clean Offshore Renewable Energy into Climate-Smart Marine Spatial Planning
This roadmap presents a framework for climate-smart MSP aiming to respond to...
The Baltic Maritime Heritage Spatial Atlas
The Baltic Maritime Heritage - Spatial Atlas
The importance of protecting and sustaining the maritime cultural heritage in...
Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance - State of Play & Future Prospects
Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance - State of Play & Future Prospects
Our objective is to accelerate the development of blue biotechnology products...
Offshore renewable energies card game
Card Game To Discover ORE Job Profiles
FLORES project card game released
Ocean Multi Use Toolkit
Ocean Multi-Use Toolkit
The Ocean Multi-Use Toolkit is a comprehensive resource designed to support...

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Ocean Multi-Use (MU) refers to the sustainable and efficient utilization of ocean space by combining various ocean activities in close proximity, through joint operations, or on the same platform. This innovative approach seeks to reduce the demand for ocean space while offering potential socio-economic and environmental benefits. It involves integrating different ocean uses, such as renewable energy generation, aquaculture, shipping, tourism, and conservation, to optimize the use of marine resources. While Table 7 provides a more extensive definition of multi-use types based on the type of resources shared at any given time, it is important to note that these terms are often used interchangeably in the literature. Source

Demand for and pressure on ocean space and the environment is continuously increasing. Global megatrends such as population growth, climate change and environmental degradation require new blue solutions. Sustainable development of the ocean can no longer rely on single-sector management, but requires a more holistic, integrated approach. At the same time innovation and resulting new knowledge also provides new opportunities. MU solutions can lead to substantial benefits including:

  • more efficient use of ocean space and resources by concentrating uses in one area and leaving other areas free for future generations;
  • provide economic benefits to marine users from synergetic use, maximising the economic benefit from a certain area;
  • enable certain uses to develop in maritime areas, where this would otherwise not be possible due to the dominance of other maritime uses;
  • reduce the environmental impact of a given use by merging it with another activity;
  • provide additional socio-economic benefits to the coastal region. Source

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Ivana Lukic, Multi-Use, MSP and MPA Team Lead

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