Specific Objective: To investigate current and potential future spatial demands of key maritime sectors, with reference to cross-border issues.

Maritime sectors demand

Analysis of spatial demand for the main activities will be based on literature review and refined through workshops with representatives of government and industry, and other economic sectors involved.

For stakeholders’ workshops (C1.3.5) to be efflcient, they will be based on best practice collecting regarding prospective studies on maritime activities.

Conservation demand

The demand for new MPAs (Maritime Protected Area) will be analysed through comparison of existing strategies of the countries and a first indication on ecological coherence of the existing network (based upon OSPAR methodology for example).

To support the demand for new MPA, action will be undertaken on MAPAMED MPA database (http://www.mapamed.org/), reference information for the Barcelona protocol. This action will include an update with recent MPAs that are still not in the database and a completion of attributes describing each MPA, especially regarding species and habitats covering and level of uses regulation within the MPAs as well. Statistics will be calculated to better inform the network assessment. Action for the database interoperability will be undertaken as well.

With respect to cumulative impacts, the assessment will be performed considering a CI model that inputs future trends of maritime sectors for the selected areas in relation to the environmental components.

Another aspect strongly connected with the Conservation Demand, is the definition of Fisheries Restricted Areas (FRAs), the identification of which might also be supportive for the implementation of the ecosystem approach and for the development of area-based conservation measures.

Outputs: Overview report on the current state and potential future spatial requirements of key maritime activities in the Western Mediterranean area (this will include consideration of the inter-relationship between marine sectors and marine conservation) and sector/interest-specific information in the most useful format, e.g. sector briefing notes, information in documents supporting MSP in Member States.