MSP is a new policy instrument. Relatively little practical experience and examples existed on how to satisfy all the requirements necessary to achieve a sustainable MSP: land-sea integration, transnational consultation, ecosystem based approach, stakeholder participation. Therefore, the responsible bodies for MSP throughout the Baltic Sea Region joined forces within the project PartiSEApate in order to develop a pan-Baltic approach to those topics whose spatial dimension transcends national borders and to develop a concept for an MSP institutional framework and governance model which shall provide input to policy decisions.
PartiSEApate tested and developed instruments and models for how such MSP multi-level governance mechanisms can be realized in the BSR within:
- An MSP Expert Group consisting of experts nominated by the project partner countries, other BSR countries, VASAB and HELCOM.
- Three pilot case areas: the Pomeranian Bight (SE, DE, PL), the Lithuanian Sea (LT, LV, SE, RU), and the Middle Bank (SE, PL).
- A transnational stakeholder involvement process focused around cross-sectoral dialogues, during which synergies and conflicts were identified and proposals for future MSP and pan-Baltic level governance processes were developed.
Maritime Institute Gdansk (MIG)
Maritime Office in Gdynia (MOG)
Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic Sea (VASAB), Latvia/Baltic Sea
Bundesamt fur Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), Germany
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM/Hav), Sweden
Coastal Research and Planning Institute (Corpi), Lithuania
Region Skåne, Sweden
Latvian Aquatic Ecologic Institute (LAEI), Latvia
Baltic Environmental Forum (BEF), Germany/Baltic Sea
August, 2012 to October, 2014
Pan-Baltic stakeholders’ dialogue on MSP : Synthesis report from PartiSEApate single-sector workshops held in 2013
Anda Ruskele, Ilze Kalvane, Kristina Veidemane, Joanna Przedrzymirska, Angela Schultz-Zehden, Daniel Depellegrin, Nerijus Blažauskas, Peter Askman, Henrik Nilsson, Jonas Pålsson, Bettina Käppeler, and Elīna Veidemane
For a sustainable and integrated planning of the sea space across the Baltic Sea region, planners and stakeholders have to be engaged in holistic, pan-Baltic thinking where the whole Baltic Sea is considered as one ecosystem and one planning space. However MSP related experiences so far shows that interests are often expressed from one sector or one national or regional perspective only. There is a lack of information exchange between the different maritime sectors as well MSP support structures (i.e. data providers and researchers) and spatial planners. And at the same time there is insufficient communication within the sectors at pan-Baltic level. Therefore the PartiSEApate project has launched the transnational stakeholders’ dialogue series to address these shortcomings and to encouraging a pan-Baltic approach for those topics whose spatial dimension transcend national borders.