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Project Baltic SCOPE

Baltic SCOPE – Towards coherence and cross-border solutions in Baltic Maritime Spatial Plans

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  • Duration: März 2015 – Februar 2017
  • Funding: DG MARE European Maritime and Fisheries fund
  • Lead Partner: Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM)
  • Budget: 2,6  Mio. €
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The high and rapidly increasing demand for maritime space for different purposes, such as installations for the production of energy from renewable sources, maritime shipping and fishing activities, require an integrated planning and management approach. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is an essential instrument for the efficient management of maritime activities. It ensures that any such activities are sustainable and in line with ecosystem approach to marine management.

The European Commission has adopted the MSP Directive (23 July 2014) which main purpose is to promote consistency and coherence of maritime spatial plans across marine regions. This emphasizes ongoing cooperation across borders and mechanisms that facilitate the exchange of best practices.

Target of the Project

The main target of this cooperation is to come up with common solutions of the cross-border maritime planning leading to greater alignment of national plans. That type of cooperation was never been executed before; thus, it is a unique exercise to challenge countries involved, learn from the gained experience and transfer the knowledge beyond the project and region.

Main Tasks

  • To accompany the official ongoing or planned MSP processes which have begun in most BSR Member States in response to the MSP Directive
  • To carry out concrete cross-border cooperation between Member States in the Baltic Sea Region, asking what is needed to achieve successful cross-border cooperation and where potential barriers may lie as well as developing recommendations for the cross-border MSP processes.
  • To develop two MSP case studies. In both cases, South-West Baltic case and Central Baltic case, the project will follow a systematic step-by-step approach during which specific hot topics / issues are identified based on information brought together from the various inventories undertaken in each participating case country.

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