Successful implementation of MSP depends on good quality data and information, as this has already widely acknowledged at the Baltic Sea Region policy and project level. Data quality, accessibility and availability are crucial when considering transboundary context where consistent use of data is an important prerequisite for creating a coherent network of maritime spatial plans.
In order to achieve the goal of the Regional Baltic MSP Roadmap (to draw up and apply maritime spatial plans throughout the Baltic Sea Region by 2020 which are coherent across borders and apply the ecosystem approach), VASAB and HELCOM has established the Baltic Sea Region MSP Data Expert Sub-group (MSP Data Expert sub-group) as a sub-group to the joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group.
The aim of BSR MSP Data Expert sub-group is to support data, information and evidence availability for MSP processes with regard to cross-border / trans-boundary planning issues to ensure comparability of maritime spatial plans in the Baltic Sea Region. The BSR MSP Data Expert sub-group facilitates the work of the HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG, as well as helps with implementation of the Regional Baltic MSP Roadmap 2013-2020.
The Chair of the BSR MSP Data Expert sub-group: Ms. Kristīne Kedo, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (Latvia).
Documents of the Baltic Sea Region MSP Data Expert Sub-group meetings are available HERE
Upon the given tasks MSP Data Expert Sub-group has identified main transboundary/cross-border MSP themes and developed a relevant list on available data sets necessary for development of coherent maritime spatial plans across the Baltic Sea region.
The list on available data sets are structured into 11 themes accordingly to the Directive (2014/89/EU) establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning (MSP Directive). Although for national maritime spatial planning purposes there is a need for wide range of data sets on different scales, MSP Data group agreed on most important data sets which are relevant from transboundary cooperation and consultation perspective. It is noted that other existing maritime spatial plans (both within the country and neighbouring countries) also serve as input information for MSP.