Multi-level governance in maritime spatial planning throughout the Baltic Sea Region

Total budget:
€ 1 M
Project duration:

Maritime policy and blue growth

The ambition of the PartiSEApate project was to develop a pan-Baltic approach to the topics whose spatial dimension goes over the national borders (i.e. nature protection areas, grid connections, shipping lanes). Partners developed a concept for a MSP institutional framework and governance model (incl. transnational consultation, MSP data exchange network), which provided input to policy decisions taken at the VASAB ministerial conference. The VASAB Compendium on MSP systems in BSR countries was updated and bodies responsible for drafting MSP throughout the region tested and developed instruments and models how multi-level and transnational governance mechanisms could be realised in MSP. The project had three pilot case areas:
  • Pomeranian Bight (SE, DE, PL),
  • Lithuanian Sea (LT, LV, SE, RU)
  • Middle Bank (SE, PL).
In addition, partners engaged national & transnational bodies, sectors and researchers in a dialogue on a pan-Baltic level for the first time. Through a sequence of single-topic workshops (i.e. shipping, wind energy, aquaculture, cultural heritage, environment, climate change, data & research) stakeholders increased their understanding of what MSP means to them and the transnational nature of their topic. In follow-up cross-sectoral workshops, synergies and conflicts were be identified and proposals for future MSP governance processes at pan-Baltic level were developed.

s.Pro is the author of the MSP Governance Framework Report which provides recommendations for the design of a transboundary structure for MSP within the Baltic Sea Region. The report was based on an extensive set of interviews, the results of the three transnational MSP processes conducted within the project as well as an extensive series of transnational sector workshops. The recommendations resulted in the subsequent ‘Guidelines on transboundary consultations, public participation and co-operation’ and the ‘Guideline for the implementation of ecosystem-based approach in MSP in the Baltic Sea area’ adopted by the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group. In addition we were responsible for the ‘Handbook on multi-level consultations in MSP’, which specifically addressed one of the key issues in transboundary MSP: consultation with other levels of government. The handbook provides a checklist of tasks that MSP process initiators are required to perform with stakeholders at multiple levels and at different stages in the MSP process.

s.Pro has been responsible for the coordination of the overall project development process including:
• Translating problems into fundable project themes
• Developing the project outline
• Developing a comprehensive partner network throughout the project area
• Coordinating the development of the project workplan and budget
• Preparing and submitting the project application in due time and form

s.Pro ran the External Project Coordination Office (EPCO) for the PartiSEApate project and supported all 15 project partners in the implementation of the project. More specifically, s.Pro was responsible for the administrative and financial management as well the communication activities of the overall project.

This involved the following activities:
  • Organization of international project workshops and conferences
  • Preparation of project related presentations and info materials
  • Establishment and maintenance of the project website
  • Regular reporting to the JTS on the technical and financial project progress
  • Financial Management and coordination of the overall project budget
  • Support in the establishment of the contractual framework of the project
  • Consultation of project partners on Programme rules and procedures
  • Ensuring coherence of project activities with objectives

Suggestions for the future multi-level MSP Governance Framework within the Baltic Sea Region

6 Pages, PDF 6.9 MB (June 2014)

MSP Governance Framework Report

101 Pages, PDF 5.30 MB (June 2014)
s.Pro is the author of the MSP Governance Framework Report presented at the Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum in Riga on 17-18 June 2014. The report draws on state-of-the-art analysis of pan-Baltic cooperation in the field of MSP including a broad set of interviews with sector representatives and MSP governance experts. It provides recommendations to the HELCOM-VASAB Working Group on MSP for developing guidelines on transnational cooperation and consultations, as well as on public participation.

Stakeholder Dialogue on Maritime Spatial Planning

6 Pages, PDF, 5.30 MB (June 2014)

Overview of the Maritime Spatial Planning Situation in the Countries of the Baltic Sea Region 

24 Pages, PDF, 3.9 MB (July 2014)