Project: Towards Sustainable Governance of Baltic Marine Space

Maritime spatial planning has attained prominence recently in the Baltic Sea region as the key instrument to coordinate and thus enable the growing use of marine resources and space, while safeguarding the good state of marine environment. Both ambitions are expressed in policies across all levels, such as the EU Blue Growth Strategy and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Achieving these ambitions depends on different forms of integration across various policies, sectors, stakeholders, ecological and geopolitical scales and scientific disciplines. However, there is a need for more research on what promotes and constrains integration of maritime spatial planning at national, cross-border and pan-Baltic levels, and, based on this knowledge, on how planning approaches and tools can be improved. Hence, the project aims to: Provide science-based approaches and tools to clarify and improve the capacity of maritime spatial planning as a policy integrator and thereby enhance the capabilities of society to respond to current and future challenges directed to the Baltic Sea region. Research in BALTSPACE will be based on a common interdisciplinary framework to examine in-depth case studies, which exemplify critical integration challenges, as well as serve as the basis for development of new integrated approaches and tools. Through continuous knowledge brokerage with peer groups and other research projects, it is anticipated that outcomes will make significant contributions towards sustainable governance of Baltic marine space.

Acronym BALTSPACE (Reference Number: call2014-23)
Duration 01/04/2015 - 31/03/2018
Project Topic Maritime spatial planning
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Network BONUS
Call Bonus Call 2014: Sustainable Ecosystem Services

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Södertörns högskola Coordinator Sweden
2 Aarhus University Partner Denmark
3 Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (Havsmiljöinstitutet) Partner Sweden
4 Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (Instytut Morski w Gdańsku) Partner Poland
5 Coastal Research and Planning Institute Partner Lithuania
6 Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH Partner Germany
7 Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde) Partner Germany
8 s.Pro - sustainable projects GmbH Partner Germany