The project “Emerging ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Planning topics in North and Baltic Seas Region”  make it possible for agencies and decision-makers from seven different countries to learn from each other and find joint solutions. The focus is marine spatial planning and application of the marine spatial plans.

The project "Emerging ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Planning topics in North and Baltic Seas Region", which is abbreviated "eMSP NBSR" by the EU Commission, has fifteen partners from seven different countries around the Baltic Sea and by the North Sea. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the Netherlands coordinates the project.

Shared learning

The aim is to make it possible for marine spatial planning agencies and decision-makers in the regions concerned, to learn from each other by jointly identifying problems and solutions related to the implementation of marine spatial planning and the application of marine spatial plans.

Important starting points are the policy areas within the EU that have a bearing on the management of the sea and the connection between land and sea, for example the European green deal. The project is a so-called "community of practice" which involves shared learning where a scientific perspective is included. The project results is reproted to the Governments of the countries concerned and the European Commission.

Ecosystem-based marine spatial planning

The project runs from September 1, 2021 to February 29, 2024. It has a total budget on EUR 3,113,423, of which a maximum of 80 percent (EUR 2,469,146) can be a contribution from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, EMFAF.

The Swedish Agency Marine Water Management, together with Helcom, leads a work on ecosystem-based marine spatial planning, wich is included in the project.

Published: 2023-05-25