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The North Sea benefits the environment and several maritime industries by creating value. A method to aid in balancing the frequently conflicting user demands and environmental protection objectives is maritime spatial planning (MSP). Yet, the effectiveness of MSP depends on how well-coordinated and consistent the various national maritime spatial plans are. Spatial inefficiencies, increased costs for the maritime businesses, and damaged environmental items are the results of poor MSP coordination.

In the North Sea Region, NorthSEE begins a sea-basin wide coordination procedure with MSP agencies. More MSP coherence across the NSR is their goal for three transitional topics: environmental considerations, shipping lanes, and energy infrastructure.