Spatial economic benefit analysis tool
A spatial economic benefit analysis tool is useful for analysing the distribution of benefits associated with a given set of maritime uses.
Maritime spatial planners have to make as well as justify designation decisions that impact the economic activities of sea use sectors. Among many other factors, such as environmental and social ones, the economic significance of a sea use sector as well as the spatial distribution of benefits along the value chain and across the country needs to be taken into account.
For maritime spatial planners, it is so far very difficult to assess blue economy impacts of sea uses with regard to their spatial allocation on land. The BONUS BALTSPACE spatial economic benefit analysis tool will assist them in this endeavour.
The BONUS BALTSPACE spatial economic benefit analysis tool supported planners in assessing economic benefits of the following sea use sectors as:
- Offshore wind energy production
- Maritime tourism
The tool fostered the understanding on which actors (e.g. big enterprises, SMEs, companies/employees in a particular region, etc.) benefit. Furthermore, it helps to show the geographical distribution of benefits. Thereby, the tool facilitated a more effective stakeholder communication and highlights blue growth dimensions to regions/stakeholder groups which may have so far not been associated with maritime uses. Moreover, the BONUS BALTSPACE spatial economic benefit analysis tool results have been used for portraying the economic status-quo in stakeholder consultation as well as for explaining different priority weighing of sectors between countries.
Please download the report on the BONUS BALTSPACE spatial economic benefit analysis here.