Baltic LINes

Project Service:

Development & Application

Service duration: December 2014 – July 2015
In close cooperation with the client and all project partners, s.Pro was responsible for coordinating the project development process for the project "Baltic LINes – Coherent Linear Infrastructures in Baltic Maritime Spatial Plans". This process included:
  • Translating problems into fundable project themes,
  • Developing the project outline,
  • Developing a comprehensive partner network throughout the programme area,
  • Preparing, moderating and documenting a project development workshop,
  • Elaborating the project workplan and budget,
  • Preparing and submitting the project's concept note and full-fledged application in due time and form.
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Total budget: 
€ 2.4 M
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Baltic LINes seeks to increase transnational coherence of shipping routes and energy corridors in Maritime Spatial Plans in the BSR. This prevents cross-border mismatches and secures transnational connectivity as well as efficient use of Baltic Sea space.

The following activities will be carried through in the scope of the project:

A structured and coordinated involvement process with relevant national/transnational stakeholders will be carried out. Considering forecasted economic, environmental as well as technological developments at sea and on land, Baltic LINes project partners will find out about requirements for MSP of the shipping and energy sector and their spatial implications. The information gathered will be visualised in scenarios with the help of the MSP Challenge, a computer-supported simulation game based on accurate data and sectors’ feedback. It supports maritime spatial planners to understand the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem and to develop planning solutions.

Baltic LINes will improve access to relevant transnational MSP data needed for making spatial allocations for shipping and energy users in MSP by piloting the first ever BSR MSP data infrastructure. This infrastructure will allow for decentralised storage and access of MSP data beyond the project’s lifetime and may be expanded to other sectors.

In order come up with planning solutions, Maritime Spatial Planners will identify transnational cross-sectoral planning issues. These single or cross-sectoral mismatches/foregone synergies may currently prevail or may be forecasted based on future scenarios. Planners will jointly agree on planning criteria, taking into account sector requirements for MSP and the ecosystem approach. They will determine options for planning solutions for shipping routes and energy infrastructure, which will be consulted with sectors via the MSP Challenge. The final suggested planning solutions will inform national MSP process and, hence, are expected to be taken up in national Maritime Spatial Plans in their development or revision stage. Consequently, increased transnational coherence of linear infrastructures in MSP is achieved. In order to set conditions for a continuous transnational MSP coordination on linear infrastructures, Baltic LINes will develop recommendations for a BSR agreement on transboundary consultations on linear infrastructures with in the MSP process. They will be presented to the HELCOMVASAB MSP Working Group to decide on and follow up their implementation.