The work has mutually benefited both organisations by bringing closer together the VASAB experience on long-term territorial development as well as on terrestrial and maritime spatial planning with HELCOM experience on safeguarding the marine eco-system of the Baltic Sea.
VASAB supports necessary steps for drawing up and implementing Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea region proposed by the Joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG in the Regional Baltic MSP Roadmap. Furthermore,
VASAB supports extension of the mandate of the joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group and the necessary steps for drawing up and implementing Maritime Spatial Planning throughout the Baltic Sea Region. VASAB underlines the need to take into consideration all existing knowledge on maritime spatial planning in the Region inter alia gained via pilot cases and transnational projects and utilize full potential of multi-level and cross-sectoral stakeholder involvement.
Full text of the VASAB statement is available here: