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MARINFORSK-Marine ressurser og miljø

Assessment Framework for successful development of viable ocean multi-use systems

Alternative title: Rammeverk og systemer for vellykket flerbruksforvaltning av havområder

Awarded: NOK 2.0 mill.

Demand for and pressure on ocean space and the environment is continuously increasing. Sustainable development of the ocean can no longer rely on single-sector management, but requires a more holistic, integrated approach. Several innovative ocean multi-use (MU) concepts proposed by the scientific and business community could contribute to a more sustainable and efficient use of ocean space. Few are implemented, due to a lack of knowledge on potential impacts for economy and marine environments. Multi-Frame aims to increase the knowledge and capacity of public and private actors for ocean MU systems, by providing concrete open source tools, assessment results and best practice examples. Results are expected to encourage relevant actors to systemically consider the MU concept in their planning and sustainability assessment practices in streamline with relevant ocean policies. The assessment approach and the scenarios will feed into the final product of Multi-Frame, the 'Ocean Multi-Use Toolkit', meant to assist planners when deciding on the most optimal combination of uses in a given marine space, taking into consideration an equitable distribution of possible benefits while avoiding, minimizing or mitigating negative impacts. The Toolkit will aid the decision-making processes of authorities and businesses venturing into offshore activities or developments.

MULTI-FRAME aims to increase the knowledge base and capacity of public and private actors for sustainable ocean multi-use (MU), by providing concrete open source tools, assessment results and best practice examples. Results are expected to encourage relevant actors to systemically consider the MU concept in their planning and assessment practices and to streamline it in relevant ocean policies.Project will fine-tune its approach by building scenarios together with a wide range of relevant stakeholders in five vulnerable marine areas in Sweden, Mozambique, Norway, France and United States. These case studies will: assess potential impacts based on current evidence; allow for possible MU options to be explored; ensure transferability and adaptability to different environments; consider a multitude of marine sectors and governance systems. The development of the assessment approach and the scenarios will feed into the final product of MULTI-FRAME, the 'Ocean Multi-Use Toolkit', meant to assist planners when deciding on the most optimal combination of uses in a given marine space, taking into consideration an equitable distribution of possible benefits while avoiding, minimizing or mitigating negative impacts. MFAA role: Céline Rebours will be the overall lead for WP4, coordinating partners responsible for conducting case studies in their respective countries. Rebours will lead the development and research on the national level in Norway by conducting the case study. She will also contribute to the overall assessment approach development in WP3, the coherent approach to data management, assessment and handling. Her focus in terms of multi-use will be on innovative forms of aquaculture combined with energy generation, and tourism. The case studies in Norway are Nordland and Sogn and Fjordane.

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MARINFORSK-Marine ressurser og miljø