Agenda & Workshops


Please find workshop descriptions below the agenda. Workshop descriptions and agenda is subject to change. All times listed in CEST.

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1 June 2021

2 June 2021

8:30 – 9:00 CEST


technical check, enter to the online platform

9:00 – 9:30 CEST


technical check, enter to the online platform

9:00 – 9:30

Opening speeches

  • Artūrs Toms Plešs, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia
  • Alda Nikodemusa, Head of the VASAB Secretariat
  • Dainius Čergelis, VASAB CSPD/BSR Chair
9:30 – 11:00

Workshop session 3

Workshop 7 – Multi-level governance for the coast and the sea – the new normal? Read more.

Workshop 8 – How to enhance tools for data driven decision making in MSP? Read more.

Workshop 9 – MSP and Climate Change – from theory to practice in the Baltic Sea region. Read more.

9:30 – 10:20

Setting the scene

Introduction of the 4th Baltic MSP Forum by Rhona Fairgrieve, Principal Environmental Consultant, Atkins on behalf of EU MSP Assistance Mechanism

Policy Debate

How can MSP address many ambitions, challenges?

Moderator: Rhona Fairgrieve

  • Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit – Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning, European Commission
  • Iván Pineda, Director of Public Affairs, WindEurope
  • Markus Meier, Professor/ Head of Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation Department, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:20




12:20 – 12:50





Day 2 Welcome

Summary session: workshop recap

Moderator: Rhona Fairgrieve


Key note speech

Addressing all levels – what does it mean in practice?

Jacek Zaucha, Researcher at Maritime Institute of Maritime University in Gdynia

Lunch break

10:20 – 11:00








11:00 – 12:30













12:30 – 13:30

Panel discussion

Regional frameworks: what to expect?What are the most important changes in the new regional frameworks? What to expect from this decade?
Moderator: Rhona Fairgrieve

  • Rüdiger Strempel, HELCOM Executive Secretary
  • Joacim Johannesson, HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group co-chair
  • Liene Gaujeniete, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Are ‘Spatial Planning’ coordinator
  • Ingela Isaksson, MSPglobal International MSP Expert


Networking, exhibition

11:30- 12:30 – MSP pitch session

  • Update of the VASAB Long-Term Perspective
    Maria Toptsidou, Spatial Foresight
  • BlueBioSites: Finding optimal sites for the Baltic Blue Bioeconomy
    Angela Schultz-Zehden, SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth
  • Baltic Offshore Grid Initiative
    Priit Heinla, Elering AS
  • Project eMSP North and Baltic Sea Regions
    Nico Buytendijk, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • Improving the knowledge on the state of the marine environment
    Dace Strigune, Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
  • Mapping cultural ecosystem services: approach in MAREA project. 
    Agnese Reķe, Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
  • Towards a revised maritime spatial plan for the German EEZ,
    Bettina Käppeler, German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
  • EUSBSR PA Spatial Planning
    Liene Gaujeniete, VASAB Secretariat

Lunch break

13:40 – 15:10














15:10 – 15:30

Closing plenary:

Addressing challenges in implementation of MSP across all levels. What are the challenges in implementation of maritime spatial plans?

Moderator: Rhona Fairgrieve


  • Integrated coastal zone and marine planning in Lithuania
    Donata Paulauskaite, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Maritime Spatial Planning in Poland
    Natalia Zając, Head of Integrated Development and Maritime Spatial Planning Unit, Maritime Economy Department Ministry of Infrastructure, Poland
  • Maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management in Finland
    Tiina Tihlman, Ministerial Adviser at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment
  • Example of regional level planning in Finland
    Kaarina Rautio, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council
  • Local level planning example of Lysekil municipality in Sweden
    Carl Dahlberg, Project Leader, Lysekil municipality, Sweden


Closing words

13:30 – 15:00

Workshop session 1

Workshop 1 – Fostering MSP through stakeholder involvement in national and international planning processes. Read more.

Workshop 2 – Measuring, understanding and integrating blue economy aspects in planning – the role of the regional and local level. Read more.

Workshop 3 – Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) – challenging part of MSP. Read more.

15:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 17:00

Workshop session 2

Workshop 4 – Maritime Spatial Planning, towards good environmental status of the Baltic Sea. Read more.

Workshop 5 – The role of MSP in supporting sustainable ocean Multi-Use and Blue Economy. Read more.

Workshop 6 – Land-sea interactions and values of local community. Read more.

18:00 – 19:30

Evening networking event

Informal get together with MSP quiz, open stage for MSP toasting