Introducing Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea (BaltSeaPlan)
Duration: January 2009 – January 2012
Partners: Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH); Ministry of Transport, Building and Regional Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; WWF Germany Baltic Sea Unit; Maritime Office in Sczecin; Maritime Office in Gdynia; Maritime Institute in Gdańsk; National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) of Aarhus University; Royal Institute of Technology (KTH); Swedish Environmental Protection Agency; Estonian Marine Institute of University of Tartu; Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia; Klaipeda University Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI); Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania; Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
Financiers: European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
The project provided key input into the realisation of the EU Maritime Policy, HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the VASAB Gdańsk Declaration. With a learning-by-doing approach BaltSeaPlan overcame the lack of relevant legislation in most Baltic SeaRegion countries. A broad scale stock-take of maritime uses were carried out in each pilot area. Additional information was collected with application of newest tools and methods, such as sea-bed modelling and climate change scenarios. All data was harmonised according to requirements of the EC INSPIRE directive and compiled in a joint data base.
Additionally, BaltSeaPlan provided key input into National Maritime Strategies as required by the EU Blue Book on Future Maritime Policy. In 2011 a common spatial development vision for the Baltic Sea was produced as a synergy of the national visions and plans of all Baltic Sea Region countries.
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