Project Service:

Studies & Policy Advice

Service duration: August 2004 – March 2005
In August 2004 Angela Schultz-Zehden has been contracted with the preparation of 'BALTCOAST – Recommendatons on the role of spatial planning in Integrated Coastal Zone Management'. The working steps involved:
  • Screening of ICZM related EU policy documents
  • Screening of ICZM related previous and current projects and their recommendations
  • Screening and assessment of all 17 sub–projects within BaltCoast project and extraction of transnational lessons to be learned
  • Development of policy recommendations “The Role of Spatial Planning in ICZM” based on sub.–project results and previous project ⁄ policy documents
  • Presentation and discussion of recommendations among pan-baltic organisations such as VASAB, HELCOM and Baltic21
  • Presentation and discussion of recommendations with all 25 project partners
  • Final Editing of Recommendations (English, German ⁄ long, short)
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Total budget: 
€ 3 M
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The INTERREG III B BSR BaltCoast project originated from the 5th Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the Baltic Sea Region and was a part of the “VASAB 2010 Spatial Development Action Programme”.

For first time in the Baltic Sea Region, Baltcoast:
  • Integrated the needs for development with those for protection
  • Included all types of coastal areas, e.g. areas of intensive tourism, urban expansion areas, infrastructure development areas etc.
  • Equally included off-shore and land-side coastal areas
  • Linked the project oriented approach with the process of statutory spatial planning in widening the participation to all public and private actors that could contribute

With a total budget of nearly 3 Million EUR the project comprised 17 sub-projects implemented by 22 national, regional and local authorities plus two scientific institutes and one non-governmental organisation from seven BSR countries. Project activities implemented between 2002 and 2005 included:

Identifying and solving use conflicts in offshore areas in the BSR:
  • Preparation of inventory of off-shore uses and conflicts in the BSR
  • Elaboration of a transnational use strategy for offshore areas in the BSR

Identifying and solving use conflicts in specific coastal in land areas such as:
  • Sensitive lagoon and wetland areas (especially solving conflicts between tourism and nature protection through the use of zoning by time and space),
  • Urban areas (especially solving conflicts between urban expansion and nature protection by definition of combined strategies)

Implementation of existing regional programmes and concepts for using and protecting coastal zone areas:
  • Discussion of different approaches and elucidation of similarities
  • Elaboration of common recommendations for ICZM in the BSR leading to institutional and procedural changes in the participating countries.