North Sea Atlas

Netherlands - MSP

Abstract: 

The North Sea Atlas contains maps with data about the water system and the use, policy and management of the North Sea. Initially, a limited set of maps was included in the Atlas, but it is being expanded.

Sea Basin(s): 
Country: 
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of practice: 
Tools
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Stocktake
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
No
Key words: 

Questions this practice may help answer

  • What data is available to support MSP in the Netherlands?
  • What regulations apply to marine users in the Netherlands?
  • What role do the various authorities play in the Netherlands?

Implementation Context

The North Sea Atlas provides an online tool to access information relevant to the Dutch sector of the North Sea. It was commissioned by the Interdepartmental Directors North Sea Consultative Body (IDON), a cooperative venture of Ministries that have a designated task on the North Sea. The North Sea Atlas contains maps with data about the water system and the use, policy and management of the North Sea. Initially, a limited set of maps was included in the Atlas, but it is being expanded.

It includes information according to the following themes:

  • Water system: Maps displaying the North Sea’s physical, chemical and biological properties and how they are developing.
  • Use: The North Sea is used for fishery, the extraction of minerals and the generation of (wind) energy, but it also functions as a network of shipping routes and is home to various cable and pipe systems.
  • Policy and management: The regulations for human use, the international agreements related to those regulations and more or less well-defined plans for the future.

It also   includes thematic maps of the Government organisations that have a role to play on the North Sea.

Aspects / Objectives

Provide online access to data relating to the marine system.

Method

Online compilation of data and information.

Main Outputs / Results

Online atlas at: https://www.noordzeeloket.nl/en/spatial-management/north-sea-atlas/

Transferability

The information applies to the Netherlands but may be of broader interest particularly with regard to cross-border issues in the North Sea.

Contact Person

Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Ministry of Economic Affairs

P.o. box 20901 | 2500 EX The Hague, The Netherlands

www.government.nl/ministries/ienm

Responsible Entity

Dutch Government

Costs / Funding Source

Dutch Government 

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