Towards coherence and cross-border solutions in Baltic Maritime Spatial Plans

Towards coherence and cross-border solutions in Baltic Maritime Spatial Plans

Project Implementation Period: 
March 2015 - March 2017
Specific Funding Programme: 

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

Budget: 

2.600.000€

About the Project: 

A key aim of the EU Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Directive adopted in 2014 is to promote consistency and coherence of maritime spatial plans across marine regions. This requires ongoing cooperation across borders and mechanisms that facilitate the exchange of best practices.

Baltic SCOPE addresses this gap by conducting cross-border consultations for two case areas:

  • South-West Sweden bordering Denmark, Germany and Poland
  • The Latvian sea border with Sweden and Estonia.

A series of meetings are organised among planners and relevant institutional stakeholders to work on pertinent transboundary topics (shipping, energy, fishery and nature protection areas) in a systematic step-by-step approach. This enables the project to provide real planning solutions for real transboundary issues and a template for dealing with similar issues elsewhere.

Apart from the planning solutions to be integrated into national MSPs, lessons learnt from the two case studies and practical recommendations will be formulated for future cross-border maritime spatial planning. In addition, the project will generate a framework for monitoring and evaluation of MSP processes.

The two-year project covered four sectors of maritime activities: fishery, shipping, environment and energy. New methods were developed to gather information and develop planning evidence. The project reached its aim and increased the collaboration between the countries involved. The following reports were produced as outputs of BalticSCOPE:

The findings we made in Baltic SCOProject partners

  • Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SE) – Lead Partner
  • Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (DE)
  • Danish Maritime Authority (DK)
  • Maritime Office in Szczecin (PL)
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (LV)
  • Ministry of Finance (EE)
  • Finnish Environment Institute (FI)
  • Nordregio (SE)
  • VASAB Secretariat (BSR)
  • HELCOM Secretariat (BSR)

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