BONUS BALTSPACE summer school on trans-boundary Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region

MSP_c_MaackBONUS BALTSPACE with additional funding from VASAB is organising a Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) summer school for early-career professionals and PhD students. It will take place in Klaipeda, Lithuania from 29 August to 2 September 2016.

The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) can in many respects be seen as a progressive region in terms of developing Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) aimed at sustainable use of marine space and resources. Not the least the work and collaboration of VASAB and HELCOM to develop regional policies for territorial development and good environmental status stand out as positive examples in an international comparison. Still, despite development of region-wide MSP principles and high commitments and progress to implement national MSP, several significant ‘integration’ challenges remain. In particular, trans-boundary integration – across national borders, among administrative levels within individual countries and across the land-sea divide – has been identified as a fundamental challenge.

The overarching aims of this course are to analyse how trans-boundary integration challenges play out in various MSP situations, and to explore if and how various science-based approaches and tools can be adapted to address these challenges. Trans-boundary integration in practice will also require context-specific considerations and integration of multiple policies, sectors, stakeholders and knowledges.

The course builds on the international BONUS BALTSPACE project that aims to provide science-based approaches and tools to clarify and improve the capacity of MSP in the BSR. Additionally, invited internationally renowned MSP researchers and experienced practitioners, will provide state-of-art insights from both the BSR and other marine regions in Europe.

Specific course aims:

  • To provide a state-of-art update on the academic discourse on and experience of trans-boundary MSP.
  • To provide insights into current trans-boundary MSP challenges and practices and opportunities in the BSR and in other European marine regions.
  • To provide training and reflection on science-based tools and approaches and their potential application to address trans-boundary integration in MSP.
  • To provide possibilities to expand networks with other professionals and academics engaged in MSP research and practice in the BSR and elsewhere.

Further information on how to apply and a tentative course schedule can be found at

Deadline for applications: 13 May 2016