How would a desired Baltic Sea Region look like by 2040? How do we envision its urban networks and settlement structure, its physical and digital connectivity, the management of its ‘commons’ that ensure a good quality of life, and how do we envision its maritime and spatial planning by 2040? What do we wish to look different from today? These are questions that seek answers within the update of VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region in 2040. This is a strategic spatial planning document that aims at achieving territorial cohesion in 2040.
So far year 2021 has been very active despite the lockdowns and restrictions due to the pandemic. After adoption of the Methodology, VASAB launched the update of its Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (LTP) – strategic spatial planning document targeted towards territorial coherence in 2040. The update of the Long-Term Perspective will take place by the end of 2022 and is carried out together with support of commissioned experts from Spatial Foresight and Nordregio.
Read more about the upcoming workshops in September and October 2021.
On 22 April 2021 the VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development for the Baltic Sea Region agreed on the Methodology for the update of VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region, elaborated by experts from Spatial Foresight GmbH and Nordregio. The Methodology describes intended update process, overall approach and tasks, stakeholder involvement and communication.
During the last decade new challenges and trends have arisen at global and BSR level, such as pandemic reality, demographic trends, impacts of the climate change on the environment, living conditions and territorial pattern of activities, digitalization, vulnerability of the Baltic Sea etc., therefore VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (hereinafter – VASAB Committee) has decided to update the LTP.
VASAB Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region (LTP) was adopted by the Ministers responsible for spatial planning and development of BSR countries in October 2009 in Vilnius. Concerning the arise of new challenges and trends, the VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region has decided to update the LTP. In this regard an Open Tendering Procedure for the update of the VASAB Long-Term Perspective has been announced.