In many areas along Europe's vast coastline, the interaction between land and sea is rising. New technologies like offshore windmills have, in places, moved onto territory where families of fishermen have made their living for centuries. It is creating friction between various groups and industries, as well as raising questions about how these coastal areas should be used.
"Currently, there is a growing competition for maritime space for renewable energy infrastructures, aquaculture, and other activities with the potential of fostering the so-called ‘blue economy’ such as underwater mining, sea transport and fisheries," a recent report from the European Observation Network, says, and adds:
"The marine environment is still an undervalued component of the European space. Its associated risks and opportunities need to be better understood and more effectively managed in an integrated manner to ensure that marine resources can better contribute to the European strategic goals of growth and sustainability."
The map here shows the hot spots of land-sea interaction around Europe, including environmental pressures from sources such as pesticides, ship traffic, invasive species due to shipping, people, energy sources and more at sea, while also highlighting what areas of the continent are especially reliant on the land-sea interaction.
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