4th Baltic MSP Forum 2021

The 4th Baltic MSP Forum ‘Delivering MSP – Interactions and Capacities Across All Levels’ took place on 1 – 2 June 2021, online and was broadcasted from Latvia. The Forum was organised by two Interreg BSR projects Capacity4MSP and Land-Sea-Act and it served as a final conference for both projects.


Already for the 4th time the Baltic MSP Forum was organised to bring together maritime spatial planning (MSP) community from the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and beyond to discuss, share, learn and develop new ideas to enhance MSP in the region.

‘Delivering MSP – Interactions and Capacities Across All Levels’
that is the slogan of the 4th Baltic MSP Forum. It comes with a message that in year 2021, when all countries in the BSR are on track with Maritime Spatial Plans and are stepping into plan implementation phase, consequent question arises – what’s next? ​

​MSP is not ultimate/universal, although it is based on ecosystem approach (achievement of GES) and interplay of existing and new marine and coastal uses. MSP is one of essential components of the Blue growth strategy and obviously will need to align with the rising Green Deal and its overarching aim of climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.​

​So what are we planning for and will we need to implement MSP ​across scales of governance?

The 4th Baltic MSP Forum was jointly organised by the VASAB Secretariat and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (MoEPRD) as the lead partners of the Capacity4MSP and Land-Sea-Act projects financed by the Interreg BSR programme.