Overview of MSP related maritime uses

  • Currently, use of the marine waters of Latvia differs from intense regarding shipping and fishing to low with a view to the energy sector.
  • Current main uses:
    • Shipping
    • Ports
    • Nature conservation
    • Fisheries
    • Tourism
    • Military
    • Scientific research
    • Mineral extraction
    • Submarine cables and pipelines
  • Future uses:
    • Offshore renewable energy production
    • Oil and gas
  • Estonia has two electricity cables linked to the Finnish grid, and is planning a new high-voltage on land connection with Latvia, but more are needed, also taking into account the future need to connect the off-shore wind farms to the main grid.[ii] Latvia is also interested in a new connection with Sweden.

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

There are no effective MSPs in place. A first draft of an MSP was prepared during 2015. National public consultations and cross-border consultation within the framework of the ESPOO convention were held in late 2015 and early 2016. A second draft of the MSP is under development. 

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MSP legislation

The legal base for MSP in Latvia is the Spatial Development Planning Law, issued on 1st of December, 2011, where MSP and the deadline for starting its elaboration (by 1st of January, 2014) is defined, as well the secondary legislation is prescribed. The Regulation of the Ministers’ Cabinet (Nr. 740) on Development, Implementation and Monitoring of a Maritime Spatial Plan has been approved by the Latvian Government in 2012. The content elaboration procedures, as well as implementation and monitoring procedures of MSP, are defined. The MSP Plan must be submitted and announced through ordinary legislative procedures according to the Cabinet of Minister rules of order. The Government shall approve the MSP.

The benefits of the new Spatial Development Planning Law are a) the integrated long-term view to all territory and b) to set priorities and development objectives (spatial structure plan).[ii]

National MSP authority

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Department of Spatial Planning (MoEPRD)
Peldu iela 25 Riga, LV-1494
Phone: +371  67026926
Ingūna Urtāne: Director of Department of Spatial planning

Kristine Kedo: Head of Spatial Planning Policy Division


Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Department of Environmental Protection
Peldu iela 25
Riga, LV-1494
Phone: +371 67026916
Sandija Balka: Senior official of Environmental Quality and Water Management Division




Last Update 21.11.2018