VASAB statement on cooperation with HELCOM distributed during HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
Today, on 3 October 2013, at HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in Copenhagen VASAB handed over a statement on cooperation with HELCOM on maritime spatial planning issues.
In the statement VASAB appreciates the work carried out jointly by VASAB and HELCOM towards better coordination of maritime spatial planning processes in the Baltic Sea Region.
The work has mutually benefited both organisations by bringing closer together the VASAB experience on long-term territorial development as well as on terrestrial and maritime spatial planning with HELCOM experience on safeguarding the marine eco-system of the Baltic Sea.
VASAB supports necessary steps for drawing up and implementing Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea region proposed by the Joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG in the Regional Baltic MSP Roadmap. Furthermore,
VASAB supports extension of the mandate of the joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group and the necessary steps for drawing up and implementing Maritime Spatial Planning throughout the Baltic Sea Region. VASAB underlines the need to take into consideration all existing knowledge on maritime spatial planning in the Region inter alia gained via pilot cases and transnational projects and utilize full potential of multi-level and cross-sectoral stakeholder involvement.
Full text of the VASAB statement is available here: