Maritime spatial planning has attained prominence recently in the Baltic Sea region as the key instrument to coordinate and thus enable the growing use of marine resources and space, while safeguarding the good state of marine environment.
Both ambitions are expressed in policies across all levels, such as the EU Blue Growth Strategy and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Achieving these ambitions depends on different forms of integration across various policies, sectors, stakeholders, ecological and geopolitical scales and scientific disciplines.
However, there is a need for more research on what promotes and constrains integration of maritime spatial planning at national, cross-border and pan-Baltic levels, and, based on this knowledge, on how planning approaches and tools can be improved.
BALTSPACE is a BONUS project working towards a better understanding of key challenges in maritime spatial planning and to provide science-based approaches and tools to clarify and improve the capacity of maritime spatial planning as a policy integrator in the Baltic Sea Region.
The aims of BALTSPACE are to:
1) Understand the roles, drivers and effects of integration in marine spatial planning processes in the Baltic Sea Region, with particular focus on sectors/policies, stakeholders, knowledge and levels of governance.
2) Analyse how maritime spatial planning can contribute to addressing these integration challenges.
3) Develop practitioner-oriented approaches and tools for maritime spatial planning to help deal with these challenges.
Information about BALTSPACE and the 2015 BONUS projects can also be found on the BONUS website.
Link to official project webpage