Project's lifetime: 2002 - 2006
Budget: € 3 000 000
The INTERREG III B BSR BaltCoast project originated from the conclusions of the 5th Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the Baltic Sea Region (Wismar, 2001) and was a part of the "VASAB 2010 PLUS Spatial Development Action Programme".
For first time in the Baltic Sea Region, Baltcoast:
- Integrated the needs for development with those for protection
- Included all types of coastal areas, e.g. areas of intensive tourism, urban expansion areas, infrastructure development areas etc.
- Equally included off-shore and land-side coastal areas
- Linked the project oriented approach with the process of statutory spatial planning in widening the participation to all public and private actors that could contribute
The project comprised 17 sub-projects implemented by 22 national, regional and local authorities plus two scientific institutes and one non-governmental organisation from seven BSR countries. Project activities implemented between 2002 and 2005 included:
Identifying and solving use conflicts in offshore areas in the BSR:
- Preparation of inventory of off-shore uses and conflicts in the BSR
- Elaboration of a transnational use strategy for offshore areas in the BSR
Identifying and solving use conflicts in specific coastal in land areas such as:
- Sensitive lagoon and wetland areas (especially solving conflicts between tourism and nature protection through the use of zoning by time and space),
- Urban areas (especially solving conflicts between urban expansion and nature protection by definition of combined strategies)
Implementation of existing regional programmes and concepts for using and protecting coastal zone areas:
- Discussion of different approaches and elucidation of similarities
- Elaboration of common recommendations for ICZM in the BSR leading to institutional and procedural changes in the participating countries.