The complexity behind MSP? It is enormous! How everything is interconnected. That's what I began to see clearly while playing this game.
It got me thinking about digital planning support, the role of science and data...and much more
About MSP Challenge 2050
The Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Challenge 2050 is a computer supported simulation-game that gives maritime spatial planners insight in the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem.
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Why play the game?
The objective of the simulation-game is to significantly contribute to policy learning and international planning practices with regard to integrated (eco-based) Marine Spatial Planning. The game makes players try, experience failure and success, and reflect upon questions such as:
What are possible futures for the North Sea (2050)?
What are the long term consequences of short term decisions?
What are important indicators for the effectiveness of MSP, and how do we monitor them?
What are the interdependencies of sectorial and national policies?
Where are the significant conflicts and trade-offs among competing economic activities?
Where and how can economic activities be combined or integrated?
Where are the cumulative effects of economic activities upon marine ecology?
Where are the ecologically vulnerable areas, and what can be done to protect them?
Where and how is cross national consultation and coordination needed?
What policies or institutions can be designed to make MSP more effective, more integrated, more sustainable?
What is the role of digital data and interactive planning tools in MSP?
The player's challenge...
“Achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) and a prospering blue economy for the North Sea in 2050 by taking measures for the EEZ of your country, using the instruments of Marine / Maritime Spatial Planning and with a specific eye onto European guidelines and international consultation.
Make a (draft) integrated Marine/Maritime Spatial Plan (MSP): define its planning horizon, indicate the various spatial functions and present a limited set of (inter)national policy guidelines that will enforce the MSP.” The policy report (two pages) also includes a brief description of the process which was followed and policy instruments which have been used.
The approved MSP of each country and the process that led to it, will be presented at the annual Regional Coloured Sea Convention (RCSC) on [end game]