Nov 29

The 2020 MPA Forum: Face to Face Forum

29.11.2021 - 01.12.2021


MedPAN, SPA/RAC, WWF, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and their partners, are pleased to announce the 3rd edition of the Forum of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean.

After an online consultation process in 2020/2021 with a preparation stage and an advanced stage, a face-to-face event is organised from 29 November to 1st December 2021 in Monaco to finalise the Post-2020 MPA Roadmap. 

For further information, please see the 2020 MPA Forum page.

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Dec 02

Capacity4MSP workshop on vision and strategies in maritime spatial planning (MSP) and MSP within the update of the VASAB Long-Term Perspective



The online workshop ‘Vision and Strategies for Coherent MSP Framework’ will take place on 2 December 2021, 9-12 CET. The event is organised within the project platform Capacity4MSP in a close cooperation with process of the VASAB Lon-Term Perspective update.

How would a desired Baltic Sea look like by 2040? How do we envision the maritime spatial planning and management by 2040? What do we wish to look different from today?

Visions and scenario processes are a powerful approach to imagine desirable futures, often used at the initial stages of the MSP process. VASAB has been one of the pioneers in developing visions, dating back to the first VASAB vision ‘VASAB 2010. Towards a Framework for Spatial Development in the Baltic Sea Region’ in 1994. Recently, VASAB launched the update of its Long-Term Perspective for the Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region – strategic spatial planning document targeted towards territorial coherence in 2040.

The workshop will present VASAB work towards coherent MSP Framework in the Baltic Sea and share existing practices in visioning processes in MSP, identified by Capacity4MSP project platform and applied practice around the Baltic Sea Region countries. Building on shared experience, the workshop will proceed with co-creative work for the update of the VASAB Long-Term Perspective. Going through the four metaphors of the vision, i.e., the pearls, the strings, the patches and the system, each representing a different territorial element, participants will share their views how these metaphors are related to MSP and what should be addressed by VASAB Vision 2040.

Further information and registration are available on the event page.

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Dec 03
Final Conference:

Finnish Maritime Spatial Plan 1.0 - Final Seminar


Place Lumilinna, Lumilinnankatu 15, Kemi

Finland's Marine Spatial Plan 2030 is in force and the first planning cycle is coming to an end. A final seminar with the marine partners is being organised in Lumilinna, Kemi, on Friday 3 December 2021 from 8:30 to 14:30 (in Finnish).

At this final seminar, the next steps in marine spatial planning will be discussed, as well as how and when the work will continue in the second planning cycle. An overview of current issues in marine spatial planning in the Lapland Maritime Region will also be presented.

For more information and registration, please see the event page.

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Dec 06

Capacity4MSP Workshop ‘Cumulative Impacts of Maritime Activities’

06.12.2021 - 07.12.2021

Copenhagen, Denmark

Workshop ‘Cumulative Impacts of Maritime Activities’ will take place on 6-7 December 2021 in the Alborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. Workshop is organised as part of the project platform Capacity4MSP by Alborg University.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the cumulative impact assessment, its principles and approaches, as well as the topics of multi-use, synergies, and conflicts in maritime spatial planning. Discussions will be followed by a practical, hands on exercises with MYTILUS Toolbox suite.

Further information and registration are available on the event page.

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Dec 09

Conference ‘Eco-friendly Development of Coastal and Marine Areas'

09.12.2021 - 10.12.2021

St.Petersburg, Russia & Online

International Scientific and Practical Conference 'Eco-friendly Development of Coastal and Marine Areas' will take place on 9-10 December in St.Petersburg in a hybrid form. The conference is organised by Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU) and Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) within the Interreg BSR programme' s project platform Capacity4MSP.

The conference will become an international platform for discussing the positive experience of environmentally friendly development of coastal zones and sea areas and, in particular, the problems of introducing marine spatial planning (MSP) in Russia and in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Opportunities for the development of sustainable offshore economic activities and blue growth in these regions will be considered.

Further information and registration are available on the event page.

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Dec 14

Estonian MSP final transboundary seminar



With the Estonian MSP process coming to an end, Estonian Ministry of Finance is arranging an international seminar about the final version of the Estonian MSP. The seminar will be held on-line on 14th December, 2021 from 10:00-13:00 EET (09:00-12:00 CET).

Please note that this is an informal seminar, the transboundary process is already ended and all the information about the formal transboundary process is available in the MSP portal ( At this seminar the final solution will be presented and last specifications from the national process introduced.

Please register via this link: More information about the meeting and the practicalities of the meeting will be sent only to the registered parties.

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