Multi-Use concept

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Through the multi-use concept potential synergy effects between sectors are identified, which can be beneficial in cost-reduction and the maximisation of knowledge. The conflict of interest between sectors can be ameliorated by identifying the exact nature of the impact, which may lead to the cognisance that certain conflicting uses are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and still still permissable with spatial, acoustic or chronological restraints in place. For instance, noise exposure (e.g. as consequence of recreational activities and tourism) in ornithological reserves is only a concern in the breeding season, thus the entire surroundings do not need to be closed off for the entirety of the year.

In the context of Maritime Spatial Planning, the MUSES Project identified the potential in European seas.