14 February 2019, 09:15 - 10:45

Workshop on conflicts, synergies and multi-use in Maritime Spatial Planning

14 February 2019
09:15 – 10:45
Room: Large Ballroom

Connecting Seas conference will host an hour and a half long workshop that will focus on different types of conflicts, synergies and multi-use in maritime spatial planning (MSP).

How conflicts, coexistence and synergies are related? Recognising different types of conflicts and finding acceptable solutions is an essential part of MSP. As a forward-looking tool, MSP aims to address conflicts in a proactive and ideally pre-emptive way and thus foster synergies and multi-use between different marine users.

Conflicts will be the main focus of the workshop, as these represent the critical stumbling blocks for MSP. It will be of interest to discuss in which circumstances and how, co-existence, synergies and multi-use could represent potential solutions to some of the cross-sectoral conflicts, such as between fisheries and offshore wind farms.

What is the role of MSP in regards to conflict resolution, and to what extent can MSP stimulate the adoption of multi-use? The workshop will also be an opportunity to discuss limitations of MSP and point out to those aspects that might be in the purview of other tools and mechanisms. You will hear more about the Ocean Multi-Use Action Plan (developed under the MUSES Horizon 2020 project) and the EU MSP Platform Technical Study Addressing conflicting spatial demands in MSP: Considerations for MSP planners.

Moreover, invited planners and experts will give concrete examples on conflicts and solutions, and explain some of the tools and methods they used to come to solutions.

Are you also dealing with maritime conflicts or trying to establish synergies between maritime sectors? If so, this meeting is for you!

Please join us this February to discuss these exciting topics!


The workshop will mainly take an interactive format, fed by a series of presentations by invited speakers to outline different types of conflicts identified and dealt with through MSP process.


  • Introduction to the conflicts and synergies in MSP. Angela Schultz-Zehden, s.Pro-sustainable projects
  • Conflicts & Synergies encountered during Estonian MSP processes when planning Offshore wind energy. Triin Lepland, Estonian Ministry of Finance
  • Multi-use community of practice and examples from the Netherlands. Nathalie Scheidegger, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
  • Insights from the Polish MSP process. Jacek Zaucha, Maritime Institute in Gdansk
  • Ports and offshore wind farms – what are the synergies? Vincent Onyango, University of Dundee
  • How to plan for mutual benefit: Can offshore wind farms and fisheries co-exist in Scotland? Andronikos Kafas, Marine Scotland

Angela Schultz-Zehden

s.Pro-sustainable projects


Andronikos Kafas

Marine Scotland


Triin Lepland

Estonian Ministry of Finance


Nathalie Scheidegger

Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality


Jacek Zaucha

Maritime Institute in Gdansk


Vincent Onyango

University of Dundee