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Publication Benefits of considering spatial interests in sectoral policies using the example of the Integrated Maritime Policy

(printed version is bilingual German/ English)

Cover: MORO Forschung Heft 2/2015

Editor: BMVI Series: BMVI-Online-Publikation Issue: 2/2015 Published: January 2016 ISBN: 978-3-87994-513-9 ISSN: 2365-3264 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201602123237


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Sectoral policies can implement their goals better and more effective when they know and consider territorial development conditions and effects. In practice, however, this is often hampered by inadequate knowledge of territorial interrelations or lack of clarity on benefits of integrated territorial development approaches. Therefore, the study works out, whether and how sectoral policies benefit from the consideration of territorial development objectives by using the example of maritime policy. The study shows in particular, whether and how the maritime policy exploits their potential for integration and is implemented more effectively by considering territorial correlations. Using concrete examples, It describes with concrete examples how European regional development projects apply integrated territorial development approaches (place-based approaches). The investigations prove that Maritime Spatial Planning (as part of the maritime policy) causes more legal and planning security, reduces transaction costs and conflicts and thus brings about significant benefits for the maritime economy and its stakeholders. Overall, knowledge generation, coordination and balance of interests, legal and planning security, cost reduction through efficiency and optimization of sectoral interests are identified as the main benefits of considering spatial interests.

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Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Berlin
Referat G 31
Contact: Dr. Katharina Erdmenger

Project management
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
Dr. Wilfried Görmar

Research contractor
DSN – Connecting Knowledge
Daniel Klose, Graduate Geographer;
Astrid Eggert, Graduate Human Geographer (M.Sc)



  • Introduction and background
  • The purposes of the Integrated Maritime Policy
  • The development of the Integrated Maritime Policy at the European level
  • Maritime policy in the context of spatial development policy objectives
  • Spatial conflicts in subareas of the Integrated Maritime Policy
  • Integrated Maritime Policy in the German EEZ and the coastal waters
  • The benefits of considering spatial interests in maritime policy
  • The need to act in order to consider spatial interests more closely


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The publication is a result of a project within the research programme "General Departmental Research" of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
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