BaltSeaPlan

Introducing Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea

Total budget:
€ 3.7 M
Project duration:
2009–2012
Topic:

Maritime policy and blue growth

BaltSea Plan was one of the first major EU initiatives in the field of maritime spatial planning. With 14 partners from seven Baltic countries, the project provided key input into the realization 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 Sea Region countries. Seven important Baltic areas were chosen for pilot maritime spatial plans, among them the Pomeranian Bight, the Gulf of Gdańsk and the Middle Bank area between Poland and Sweden.

A broad scale process of stock-taking of maritime uses was 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.

In addition to being responsible for overall project coodination and management, s.Pro was responsible for the following project outputs:

s.Pro is the author of the publication BaltSeaPlan Findings: Experiences and Lessons (March 2013), a summary report on outputs achieved by the BaltSeaPlan project as well as future actions needed to further develop maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. The publication was launched at an expert workshop with the European Commission in March 2013 in Brussels. The project produced a total of 32 MSP-specific reports. 

s.Pro coordinated the development of the publication BaltSeaPlan Vision 2030 - Towards the sustainable planning of Baltic Sea (Autumn 2011). This joint output of the BaltSeaPlan project shows ways on how maritime spatial planning can be translated into practice by 2030 and identifies key transnational topics for the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea, namely healthy marine environments, a coherent pan-Baltic energy policy, safe maritime transport and sustainable fisheries.

In close cooperation with the BSH and other relevant national institutions and international organisations responsible for Maritime Spatial Planning, s.Pro developed and applied for a project idea called BaltSeaPlan. This included the following working steps:
  • Translated problems into a project concept
  • Drafted goals, scope and concrete activities of the project
  • Figured out and developed a partner network
  • Organised a project preparation workshop in Hamburg in February 2008
  • On the basis of the partner input filled out the application form
  • Submitted the Project Application Form with all formal attachments due time.
s.Pro runs the BaltSeaPlan External Project Coordination Office that supports all project partners in the implementation of the project. More specifically it is responsible for the administrative and financial management as well the communication activities of the overall project. This includes the following activities:
  • Consultation of project partners on Interreg rules and procedures
  • Support in the establishment of the contractual framework of the project
  • Organization of several project workshops and conferences
  • Ensuring coherence of project activities with objective
  • Design and maintenance of the project website
  • Preparation of project related presentations and info materials
  • Financial Management and coordination of the overall project budget
  • Regular reporting to the JTS on the technical and financial project progress


BaltSeaPlan Findings: Experiences and Lessons

152 Pages, PDF 7.62 MB (March 2013)
s.Pro is the author of the publication BaltSeaPlan Findings: Experiences and Lessons (March 2013), a summary report on outputs achieved by the BaltSeaPlan project as well as future actions needed to further develop maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. The publication was launched at an expert workshop with the European Commission in March 2013 in Brussels.