Practices

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92 MSP Practices

Baltic LINes

This guide, develop under the framework of the Baltic LINes project, presents a step-wise approach summarizing the considerations taken when assessing, deciding on and designating the suitable areas for offshore wind energy and grid development.

Baltic LINes

The shipping sector is one of the most prominent activities within any given maritime space so it is one the first sectors that is considered when drafting a maritime spatial plan.

Frontiers in Marine Science

This study developed a Disturbance Vulnerability Index (DVI) for 26 seabird species for disturbance from ship traffic in the German Baltic and North Seas.

COEXIST 

This tool allows a (semi-)quantitative conflict analysis. It uses spread sheet programs and is based on expert judgement rather than data.

BaltSeaPlan

Within the BaltSeaPlan project, an analysis has been undertaken for each Baltic Sea region country of all relevant policies and strategies which are currently in force in the given country.

BaltSeaPlan, BaltSPACE

The study uses Marxan, (a decision support tool for mostly used in conservation planning) to optimize algorithms to find the most cost-efficient site selection suitable for offshore wind farm installations in Germany, Sweden, Poland and Denmark.

AquaSpace

The AquaSpace deliverable “Case study final reports” provides a detailed overview of the 17 case studies developed by the project to test tools and strategies for the sustainable development and spatial allocation of aquaculture in a variety of en

Maritime Spatial Planning Data Expert Sub-group of the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group

The reports shows which data relevant for MSP should be shared among countries, what gaps exist as well as how the INSPIRE process can support MSP.

HELCOM Secretariat

This online tool allows for comparison of shipping traffic intensity in the Baltic Sea by ship type and date.

BaltSeaPlan

Within the BaltSeaPlan project, MSP processes were applied in eight distinct pilot areas throughout the Baltic Sea Region.

Baltic LINes

The Baltic LINes project (2016-2019) aimed to increase transnational coherence of shipping routes and energy corridors in Maritime Spatial Plans (MSP).

MARMONI

This practice researches the overlap between the MSFD and other EU and international laws and agreements. It investigates where do synergies exist and includes the opinions of international experts in the Baltic Sea Region.