Inspire policy making by territorial evidence
  • ESPON Workshop

    “Stepping into the sea -

    New evidence on territorial development and

    the opportunities and risks for European seas and maritime regions”


    Brussels, 15 May 2013

    Timing: 9h00 – 16h30

    Background and objectives

    As Europe seeks to emerge from the consequences of the economic crisis, the importance of territorial cohesion in supporting ‘smart sustainable and inclusive growth’ is becoming ever more apparent. However for many years territorial cohesion has been equated with a terrestrial or land based agenda.

    Recently there has been a growing realisation that the seas are also a context which can help governments realise their development aspirations. Increasing opportunities for human use of the sea are set alongside growing realisation of the complexity of land-sea interactions and an awareness of the risks that the new focus on marine areas pose to both ecological and human wellbeing. As a consequence, calls for more integrated forms of planning and governance that have long been a feature of terrestrial planning have begun to emerge for the sea. These perspectives emphasise the importance of governance arrangements that facilitate horizontal and vertical integration, particularly in cross border and transnational contexts, and also across the land-sea divide.

    Indeed, European policy is making increasing reference to the marine environment as an integral part of the territorial agenda. The Territorial Agenda of the European Union 2020 acknowledges the importance of maritime activities for Europe’s territorial cohesion. Also, the EC Common Strategic Framework which seeks to develop place-based integrated funding packages for 2014-2020 emphasises regional seas as functional areas within which strategic investments can be made. In addition, DG Mare, through its Blue Growth Strategy, is drawing attention to the growth potential offered by the seas and oceans. Regional seas activities in the Baltic, Atlantic, North Sea and Adriatic and elsewhere are also developing, putting

    Clearly maritime considerations are increasingly linked to territorial cohesion agendas and therefore policies need to be framed in ways that relate to place-specific risks and opportunities.

    Aim of the ESPON Workshop

    Against this backdrop this ESPON workshop aims at providing information on land-sea interactions within Europe’s six regional seas, which can be used by stakeholders for the elaboration of both, future Structural Funds programmes but also other development strategies. New evidence on the development opportunities and challenges of Europe’s seas will be presented, while also taking into account coastal and maritime governance arrangements. Place-based policy approaches for Europe’s seas will be discussed which will be of high relevance for future EU funding possibilities.

    The first slot of this ESPON workshop will give the opportunity to the different policy levels (European, national, transnational) to set the scene by presenting relevant strategies/policies of integrated territorial-maritime development.

    Based on the presentation of the key results and messages of the ESPON ESaTDOR (European seas and territorial development, opportunities and risks), European stakeholders from different sector policies as well as INTERREG Sea Programmes’ representatives will reflect upon and jointly discuss the use of the evidence provided by ESaTDOR in their respective activities.

    Finally, a debate will be launched on coastal and maritime governance arrangements, experiences made, and possibilities for improvement to accomplish an integrated territorial development, developing the potentials of all territories, terrestrial and maritime.

    Target Groups

    This Workshop is open for all interested people and will in particular welcome policy-makers, practitioners, experts, representatives of managing authorities of EU funded programmes and also of other development strategies.

    A maximum of 50 participants can be hosted; therefore seats are available on a “first come first served” basis.

    When and Where

    The workshop takes place on 15 May 2013 in Brussels.


    The Norwegian Mission to the EU

    Norway House

    Rue Archim├Ęde, 17

    B - 1000 Brussels


    The registration for the Workshop is now closed.

    Further information

    Contact the ESPON Coordination Unit at for additional details.


    This Workshop is organised within the framework of the ESPON 2013 Capitalisation Strategy / Actions related to European Seminars and Workshops

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