NEW MSP RESEARCH PAPER IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: SUPPORTING MULTI-USE OF THE SEA WITH MARITIME SPATIAL PLANNING. THE CASE OF A MULTI-USE OPPORTUNITY DEVELOPMENT - BULGARIA, BLACK SEA.

Published: Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Marine Policy 12 2021

We are happy to announce, that the Center for Coastal and Marine Studies (CCMS) in collaboration with:
University of Gdansk, Poland
National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR), Venice, Italy
Marine Scotland - Marine Planning and Policy, Scottish Government, Scotland, UK
has published a joint peer reviewed research paper in Marine Policy Journal (Elsevier): Supporting multi-use of the sea with Maritime Spatial Planning. The case of a multi-use opportunity development - Bulgaria, Black Sea.

With expanding human uses of sea space, the role of marine/maritime spatial planning (MSP) in supporting their sustainable co-existence and synergies, while preserving marine ecosystems, becomes an increasingly challenging task. To address the sustainable exploitation of sea resources, and the optimal use of sea space, the concept of Multi-Use (MU) has been introduced. Despite international examples of successfully applied multi-uses, this concept is still new for Bulgaria, its decision-makers, spatial planners and stakeholders.

The paper is aimed at investigating the opportunity for development of one multi-use combination involving Tourism, Underwater Cultural Heritage & Environmental Protection in Bulgaria. Based on desk research and active stakeholder engagement, the study identifies the main drivers and barriers of multi-use, the expected benefits (added values) of its implementation, and its potential negative impacts. Furthermore, recommendations are proposed to overcome the identified barriers and impacts with the support of MSP and to further exploit multi-use potential at the local, regional (subnational), national and cross-border levels.

The research has been carried out as part of the project “Cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning for Black Sea – Bulgaria and Romania (MARSPLAN-BS II)”, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund of the European Union through the Agreement: EASME/EMFF/2018/1.2.1.5/01/SI2.806725 - MARSPLAN-BS II. The preparation of this paper was co-financed by the Polish National Science Centre, under the project “Spatio-economic multiplier in maritime economy” UMO-2018/31/B/HS4/03890, as researching the case of Bulgaria can yield valuable information on the Polish examinations.

We are happy to promote our newly-published article through the Elsevier Share Link: URL (https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1eK3K,714MjLbC), providing 50 days' free access to the article. Anyone clicking on this link before February 16, 2022 will be taken directly to the final version of our article on ScienceDirect, which they are welcome to read or download. No sign up, registration or fees are required.

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