Project Profile: MULTI-FRAME

Assessment Framework for successful development of viable ocean multi-use systems


Principal Investigators: Susanne Altvater, s.Pro-sustainable projects GmbH, Germany
Partners: Efthalia Arvaniti, SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG, Germany
Marinez Eymael Garcia Scherer, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Fredrik Gröndahl, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
Jennifer McCann, University of Rhode Island, United States
Céline Monique Odile Rebours, Møreforsking Ålesund AS, Norway
Angela Schultz-Zehden, s.Pro-sustainable projects GmbH, Germany
Almeida Tomás Guissamulo, Eduardo Mondlane University - Museu de Historia Natural, Mozambique
Brice TROUILLET, University of Nantes, France
John Patrick Walsh, University of Rhode Island, United States
Sponsors: National Research Agency, France
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
The Research Council of Norway, Norway
Swedish Research Council for Env, Agric Sci & Spatial Planning, Sweden
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sweden/African countries
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, United States/international
National Science Foundation, United States


Full Project Title: Assessment Framework for successful development of viable ocean multi-use systems
Full Call Title: Oceans2018


Project Objective: Several innovative ocean multi-use (MU) concepts that could contribute to a more sustainable and efficient use of ocean space have been proposed by the scientific and business community. There are yet very few of these MU concepts that are today implemented, mainly due to a lack of knowledge about potential impacts on the economy and the marine environment. MULTI-FRAME aims to increase the knowledge base and capacity of public and private actors for sustainable ocean MU, by providing concrete open source tools, assessment results and best practice examples. Results are expected to encourage relevant actors to systemically consider the MU concept in their planning and assessment practices and to streamline it in relevant ocean policies.

Multi-Frame's co-development approach moves beyond the inherent limitations of theoretic research. A generic approach will be co-developed with a wide range of public, private, research and community actors and tested for the assessment of 1) cumulative and in-combination, 2) positive and negative, 3) socio-economic, cultural and environmental impacts of MU. Project will fine-tune this approach by building scenarios together with a wide range of relevant stakeholders in five vulnerable marine areas in Sweden, Mozambique, Norway, France and United States. These case studies will: assess potential impacts based on current evidence; allow for possible MU options to be explored; ensure transferability and adaptability to different environments; consider a multitude of marine sectors and governance systems.

The development of the assessment approach and the scenarios will feed into the final product of MULTI-FRAME, the 'Ocean Multi-Use Toolkit', meant to assist planners when deciding on the most optimal combination of uses in a given marine space, taking into consideration an equitable distribution of possible benefits while avoiding, minimizing or mitigating negative impacts. The Toolkit will also aid the decision-making processes of authorities and businesses venturing into offshore activities or developments.
Call Objective: This CRA call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of ocean sustainability, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) as the overall framework. This call encourages global partnerships of academics and non-academics to address one or more of the following topics: 1) Pathways toward a sustainable and equitable use of oceans, 2) accounting for and minimizing impacts of global change.


Countries: Brazil, France, Germany, Mozambique, Sweden, United States of America (USA)


Duration: 35
Call Date: 29 October 2018
Project Award Date: 12 February 2020