In the last decade, a significant progress has been made in building cooperation networks and creating a strong policy background for maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea region. Currently, nearly all countries around the Baltic Sea work on their maritime plans, which makes our region a front-runner in Europe and the world. The challenge, however, remains to harmonise national maritime spatial plans, implement, monitor and to evaluate them.
What's the platform about?
Capacity4MSP created a practically oriented and interactive collaboration platform for knowledge exchange and an intensified dialogue between MSP practitioners, policy- and decision makers and other stakeholders. Capacity4MSP built on the results of the current and recently completed MSP projects and ongoing MSP processes in the Baltic Sea region. It increased the visibility and impact of projects and built up on potential synergies. The platform deepened and widened the gained know-how across various sectors and governance levels by synthesising, amplifying and transferring the project outcomes to new practical solutions.
Projects represented in the platform:
0.15MillionEni + Russia
Gathering the know-how in one place
The Capacity4MSP platform synthesised the knowledge gained in a dozen of maritime spatial planning (MSP) projects and practices within and beyond the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) co-funded by Interreg, Horizon 2020 and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. Based on this synthesis, the partners produced a report in order to inform and help national MSP decision- and policy-makers review the implementation of the existing MSP frameworks. The report proposed synergies between recurring important themes, but also criteria and indicators to assess the process, content and performance of the maritime spatial plans.
Speaking with one voice about maritime spatial planning
Moreover, the partners brought together MSP authorities, planners and actors from specific thematic sectors using the marine space to help harmonise MSP in the region. Together, they developed joint policy messages.
Complementarily to already existing HELCOM – VASAB working group, Capacity4MSP established a lasting mechanism to support more informal exchange among maritime spatial planners in the region through the Planners Forum. The Planners Forum will now regularly be held at least twice a year.
Impact on pan-Baltic cooperation
The project platform results helped shape new strategic policy documents of VASAB and HELCOM-VASAB cooperation. These materials also feed into the work and inspired the policy area Spatial Planning within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region, that is led by the Secretariats of pan-Baltic organisations VASAB and HELCOM. Project results contributed to setting the future agenda for the MSP in the region, particularly, to the new Regional Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2021-2030, the HELCOM-VASAB MSP working group work plan 2022-2024, as well as update of the VASAB Long Term Perspective.
Report on the experience from maritime spatial planning (MSP) projects in the Baltic Sea region
Report on Implementation and Monitoring & Evaluation Mechanisms of MSPs
Report on MSP stakeholder involvement and engagement in maritime spatial planning
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State Regional Development Agency (VASAB)
- RepresentativeAlda Nikodemusa
SUCCEEDED by PP11 (01.10.2019) Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (MIG)
- RepresentativeJacek Zaucha
Aalborg University (AAU)
- TownCopenhagen SV
- RegionByen København
- RepresentativeHenning Sten Hansen
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM)
- RegionVästra Götalands län
- RepresentativeThomas Johansson
Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MoEPRD)
- RepresentativeKristīne Kedo
Scientific and Research Institute of Maritime Spatial Planning Ermak NorthWest Limited liability company (ErmakNW)
- TownSt. Petersburg
- RegionCity of St. Petersburg
- CountryRussian Federation
- RepresentativeLarisa Danilova
Submariner Network for Blue Growth EWIV
- RepresentativeAngela Schultz-Zehden
Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU)
- RegionLeningrad Oblast
- CountryRussian Federation
- RepresentativeAlexandra Ershova
Gdynia Maritime University (GMU)