Workshop Environment

Workshop ‘Environment – planning issues, criteria and tools’

Connecting Seas conference, 13 February 2019

This workshop will address cross-border maritime spatial planning matters from an environmental perspective and the need for tools for monitoring and assessing environmental issues. In the workshop findings from the work carried out in the NorthSEE project as well as related planning issues regarding the marine environment of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea will be introduced. Cross-border issues such as the need for coherent blue green infrastructure will be in focus.

The workshop will also introduce and showcase spatial decision support tools for maritime spatial planning, including from the NorthSEE project on connectivity modelling, and related experiences from North, Baltic and Adriatic Seas relative to the development of tools for cumulative impact assessment. An interactive part of the workshop will include workstations, where the participants can get the opportunity to get a closer look on the functionalities of impact assessment tools as:

  • Symphony (Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management),
  • The Baltic Sea Impact Index (HELCOM),
  • MYTILUS (Aalborg University),
  • Tools4MSP (CNR-ISMAR)
  • Ecopath with Ecosim as part of the education-oriented platform; the MSP Challenge BSR/NSR (Breda University of Applied Sciences).

Presentations and speakers

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  • The Knowledge Base for Maritime Spatial Planning – the Norwegian approach. Anne Langaas Gosse, Norwegian Environmental Agency
  • Maritime Spatial Planning and the need for Spatial Decision Support – the Swedish approach. Goncalo Carneiro, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
  • Modelling of Connectivity among Marine Protected Areas, Particularly Valuable and Vulnerable Areas. Mats Huserbraten, Norwegian Norwegian Institute for Marine Research
  • HOLAS II – HELCOM Second Holistic Assessment of the Ecosystem Health of the Baltic Sea. Lena Bergström, HELCOM

Pitches and workstations on tools for MSP

  • MYTILUS – cumulative impact assessment tool and scenario-based decision support for MSP. Dr. Henning Sten Hansen, Aalborg University
  • Recent applications in the Baltic Sea Impact Index, for cumulative assessments at the Baltic Sea scale. Lena Bergström, HELCOM
  • Symphony – the Swedish approach to Spatial Decision Support for MSP. Jonas Pålsson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Duncan Hume The Geological Survey of Sweden
  • Tools4MSP – tools for analysis of conflicts between marine uses and the analysis of cumulative impacts (CI) of human activities on marine environments. Daniel Depellegrin, National Research Council, Institute of Marine Sciences, CNR-ISMAR
  • Combining ecosystem modelling and serious gaming to aid transnational management of marine space.  Giovanni Romagnoni, University of Oslo; Magali Goncalves, Breda University of Applied Sciences