Planning the future of the Baltic Sea

Planning the future of the Baltic Sea

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2009 - January 2012
Specific Funding Programme: 

INTERREG IV B: Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 - 2013

Budget: 

3.700.000€

About the Project: 

BaltSeaPlan accompanied the EU Maritime Policy by supporting the introduction of Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning within Baltic Sea Region.

Before BaltSeaPlan there was only little practical experience regarding spatial planning on the sea. This was the challenge but also the chance for the BaltSeaPlan project, which aimed to create the basis for developing, introducing and implementing maritime spatial planning throughout the Baltic Sea in a coherent manner.

The project included several components:

  • Improve the joint information base / stocktaking
  • Include Spatial Planning in National Maritime Strategies
  • Develop a Common Spatial Vision for the Baltic Sea
  • Demonstrate MSP in 8 pilot areas (see partners below)
  • Lobbying and capacity building for MSP

In a very practical way, the project prepared the ground for MSP in all participating countries - including legislation change, accumulation of know-how, the examination and adjustement of sectoral policies, advanced the SEA instrument with regard to MSP and facilitated the production of several pilot maritime spatial plans. It was also instrumental for the formulation of the MSP Vision 2030 for the BSR, which developed the basic set of principles for allocation of uses at transnational scale.

The project results are documents in 31 individual reports, which are summarised in the BaltSeaPlan Findings. 

Project partners

  • Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) (DE)– Lead Partner
  • Ministry of Transport, Building and Regional Development of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE)
  • WWF Germany – Baltic Sea Unit (DE)
  • Maritime Office in Szczecin (PL)
  • Maritime Office in Gdynia (PL)
  • Maritime Institute in Gdansk (PL)
  • National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) of Aarhus University (DK)
  • Royal Institute of Technology (SE)
  • Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SE)
  • Estonian Marine Institute of University of Tartu (EE)
  • Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia (EE)
  • Klaipeda University Coastal Research and Planning Institute (LT)
  • Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania (LT)
  • Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia (LV)

Sub-contractors

  • s.Pro sustainable-projects GmbH

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