Dialogue on transboundary issues of maritime spatial planning process gets new impetus in Riga

On 29 September 2015 VASAB hosted the Baltic SCOPE project kick-off event in Riga, Latvia. More than 80 experts, practitioners and scientists representing a wide range of organizations around the Baltic Sea and beyond shared their experience, knowledge and brought inspiration for further transboundary cooperation on Maritime Spatial Planning.


Planners from the Adriatic Sea, the North Sea and the Black Sea as well as BONUS Baltspace project presented regional MSP challenges and solutions. Both Baltic SCOPE project’s case study areas – Southwest Baltic and Central Baltic presented the progress made since the launch of the project. The priority sectors – energy, transport and shipping, environment and fishery in greater detail were discussed in smaller groups.


The Baltic SCOPE kick-off event was part of a number of MSP-related meetings hosted by VASAB: Baltic SCOPE partners’ meeting and Steering Group meeting, the 11th joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group meeting as well as the 1st Baltic Sea Region Data Expert Sub-Group meeting along with VASAB Open Troika meeting which took place in the same week.


The date of the 2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum was confirmed during the MSP-week – 23-24 November 2016 in Riga. The Forum traditionally serves as a platform for discussions and sharing experiences among those involved and affected by Maritime Spatial Planning on how to further develop and enhance MSP in the Baltic Sea Region. Institutions and projects are invited to arrange back-to-back meetings and exhibitions during the Forum days.


The Baltic SCOPE project unites MSP authorities and pan-Baltic organizations to find planning solutions to transboundary issues and improve MSP processes. The two-year project is co-funded by EC DG MARE. More information about the project and kick-off event can be found: http://www.balticscope.eu/news/thank-you-for-being-part-of-the-baltic-scope-kick-off/


VASAB is an organisation providing a ministerial platform and expert network for 11 Baltic Sea Region member states to coordinate spatial planning and development. VASAB recommends transnational policy measures, promotes methodology development and co-operation projects, cooperates with other pan-Baltic initiatives and promotes a dialogue with sector institutions. VASAB is a part of the network of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Baltic Sea Region encompasses 11 countries: Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as parts of Russia (St. Petersburg City, the Republic of Karelia and the oblasts of Kaliningrad, Pskov, Novgorod, Leningrad and Murmansk) and Germany (the Länder of Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Berlin, and the Regierungsbezirk Lüneburg). Poland is the chairing country of VASAB between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.

More information can be found at www.vasab.org