Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies (Plan4Blue)
Duration: October 2016 until December 2019
Partners: Finnish Environmental Institute; University of Tartu; Univeristy of Turku; Helisinki-Uusimaa Regional Council; Regional Council of Southwest Finland; Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia
Financiers: European Regional Development Fund (INTERREG Central Baltic) and Environmental Investment Center (Estonia)
Budget: 1 564 000 € (Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia 197 700€)
The project supports growth of the marine and maritime sectors in a way that emphasizes the need to find a balance between economic, social and environmental goals. Activities are focused on Gulf of Finland and Archipelago Sea areas covering sea areas of Estonia and Finland. Planning and management of these sea areas requires cross-border collaboration between stakeholders and authorities. For this purpose, the project aims to develope cross-border capacity in maritime spatial planning. Plan4Blue brings together the key blue growth and maritime spatial planning actors from Estonia and Finland to identify pathways to sustainable use of the sea areas and resources. The collaborative process analyses economic potential of the scenarios and identifies environmental risks and management options.
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