Course: Marine Spatial Planning

In the past ten years the concept of blue growth has globally become a hot topic, and most coastal states have been turning to marine areas for economic growth. This blue economy offers opportunities for generating jobs and income, but also poses serious challenges related to sustainable management of the marine environment and use of marine space. The latter, marine spatial planning (MSP), is the focus of this course. To manage marine space one needs to understand which stakeholders have spatial demands (where, when and what), and what the legal and policy constraints are. To truly experience how MSP works we play a serious game. In the game the students play the role of real life stakeholders and have to find space for 10 GW of wind energy in the Dutch part of the North Sea.

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All master's courses taught at UW are open to guest students, exchange students, and people from the world of work. The courses are part of our two international multidisciplinary master's programs, Coastal and Marine Management and Coastal Communities and Regional Development. The courses are modular, taught in English, hands-on and many of them include field trips and company visits. Check out the UW course catalogue to find out more.