Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007–2013 project Multi-level Governance in MSP (Maritime Spatial Planning) throughout the Baltic Sea Region

Project’s lifetime: Jun 2012 – Sep 2014

Budget: € 1 043 015

The overall objective of the Project: to initiate cross-border, cross-sectorial and multi-level governance in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) throughout the Baltic Sea Region.

The ambition of the PartiSEApate project is to develop a pan-Baltic approach to the topics whose spatial dimension goes over the national borders (i.e. nature protection areas, grid connections, shipping lanes). Partners will develop a concept for a MSP institutional framework and governance model (incl. transnational consultation, MSP data exchange network), which shall provide input to policy decisions taken at the VASAB ministerial conference.
The VASAB Compendium on MSP systems in BSR countries will be updated and bodies responsible for drafting MSP throughout the region will test and develop instruments and models how multi-level and transnational governance mechanisms can be realised in MSP.

The project will have three pilot case areas:

Pomeranian Bight (SE, DE, PL),
Lithuanian Sea (LT, LV, SE, RU)
Middle Bank (SE, PL).

In addition partners will engage national & transnational bodies, other PACs & flagships, sectors & researchers in a dialogue on a pan-Baltic level. Through a sequence of single-topic workshops (i.e. shipping, wind energy, aquaculture, cultural heritage, environment, climate change, data & research) stakeholders will better understand what MSP means to them and the transnational nature of their topic. In follow up cross-sectoral workshops synergies and conflicts will be identified and proposals for future MSP governance processes at pan-Baltic level will be developed.

Participants of the Project

Maritime Institute Gdansk (Lead partner)
Maritime Office in Gdynia
VASAB Secretariat
Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
Klaipėda University Coastal Research and Planning Institute
Region Skåne
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
Maritime Office Szczecin

Main outputs of the project

• Recommendations on transnational minimum requirements for MSP
• Update of Compendium on MSP structures around BSR
• Concept for a transnational institutional and governance model on transnational coordination, agreements and data exchanges in MSP
• Handbook on multilevel/ transnational MSP consultation process
• Summary report on various sector perspectives, their expectations towards MSP and targets&priorities for future development on pan-Baltic scale
Overview of the Maritime Spatial Planning Situation in the Countries of the Baltic Sea Region 2013 (country fiches)