Sometimes you cannot make it on your own: drivers and scenarios for regional cooperation in implementing the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive

L.J.W. van Hoof, A. Hendriksen, H.J. Bloomfield

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Abstract

Implementing the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive explicitly calls for regional cooperation between the EU Member States in the different regional seas. This regional cooperation, although set in a general framework of EU Member States and non-EU states utilising existing Regional Sea Conventions as focal point, develops along different tracks. Based on a series of interviews with different stakeholder groups in the different regional seas the drivers for this regional cooperation were determined. These drivers were used to develop a set of scenarios to depict possible ways and structures for cooperation at the different regional seas. In this paper the result of this analysis and the different scenarios developed are presented. The five scenarios developed were very helpful in elaborating alternative governance models for regional cooperation. From the validation by the stakeholders it became clear that both the drivers used, as the scenarios developed were found to be relevant. There is no single solution that is going to fit all regional seas, or that is going to appeal to all stakeholders within a regional sea. Especially in this setting the scenario approach does help people to explore the full range of possibilities that exists for the development of alternative governance models that address two issues raised but not detailed in the MSFD: cooperation and participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-346
JournalMarine Policy
Volume50
Issue numberpart B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • management
  • policy
  • guide

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