The aim the GAP project is to promote and enable processes for open and effective participation of stakeholders in research and management.
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With growing interest in ocean uses for sustainable economic development, there is an increasing need for cross-sectoral marine spatial planning to balance different resource uses and conservation requirements.
Although stakeholder participation is transversal to other steps of the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) process, its recognition and adoption is context dependent.
As part of the BaltSeaPlan Project, a nine-step process was used to develop a pilot maritime spatial plan for the Pomeranian Bight and Arkona Basin through an informal exercise.
Active engagement of fisheries stakeholders through their participation in scientific research provides a way to help reduce tension and build collaborative working relationships that yield long-term benefits to resource management.