NIVA Denmark



ECOMAR is an abbreviation of ‘Development and testing of a data-driven framework for ecosystem-based marine spatial planning’.

The ECOMAR project will develop, test and apply a broad range of tools for 1) mapping of potential cumulative effects of multiple human activities and pressures and 2) a criteria-based zoning of Danish marine waters taking ongoing and planned human activities into account. ECOMAR aims to merge the tools in order to analyse how Danish marine water can be used sustainably and taking existing national and international legislation into account.

The developed tools and the results of ECOMAR will support ecosystem-based maritime spatial planning according to the EU Maritime Spatial Planning Directive.

ECOMAR started in January 2018 and will end in March 2020. Participating institutions are:

  • NIVA Denmark Water Research
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
  • DTU Institute for Aquatic Ressources (DTU Aqua)
  • Copenhagen University, Department of Geosciences and Natural ressource Management (IGN)
  • Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience (BIOS)

The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) is subcontracted for a specific task. Click here to read more about the partnership.

ECOMAR has been initiated by the VILLUM FOUNDATION and has been granted 7,5 mio. DKK. Fore more information, please contact the ECOMAR Project Manager: Jesper H. Andersen, NIVA Denmark.