Baltic SCOPE is a two-year, EU-funded project that focuses on achieving coherence between the marine spatial plans for the Baltic Sea. Our agency is the project’s lead partner.
Why take on such a project?
- The countries bordering the Baltic Sea are all at different stages of maritime spatial planning. By coordinating everyone’s plans, all countries can benefit from shared experiences and ensure coherence among new plans.
- Collaboration between countries is necessary in order to resolve conflicts of interest and take advantage of opportunities for synergy.
- Baltic SCOPE will give real planning solutions to cross-border problems as well as a template for dealing with similar issues elsewhere.
- Marine spatial planning is an important tool for implementing the EU Integrated Maritime Policy. Planning should contribute to blue growth and support efforts to achieve good environmental status.
How you might be affected
Baltic SCOPE involves mainly governmental agencies.
Marine spatial planning can determine how society and businesses are to utilize and care for the Baltic Sea.
The way we work
Baltic SCOPE is focusing on two case studies in geographic areas that already have planning processes underway.
- Southwest Baltic case – Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Poland
- Latvian case – Latvia, Estonia, and Sweden
We will organize a series of meetings with planners and relevant institutional actors. With them we will work in a step-by-step approach on cross-border issues such as shipping, energy, fisheries, and nature conservation.
This method will equip planners from participating countries with the ability to include transnational considerations when developing national maritime spatial plans.
As a result, we can all develop national marine spatial plans based upon in-depth information from neighboring countries and with common solutions formed in joint discussions. This collaborative planning will lead to greater coherence between our countries’ marine spatial plans.
Who is involved?
- The authorities responsible for marine spatial planning in six of the Baltic Sea region countries.
- Representatives for the regional organizations HELCOM (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission) and VASAB (Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea).
- Academia through Nordregio (Nordic Centre for Spatial Development) and the Finnish Environment Institute.