Assessing economic, social, cultural and ecosystem service impacts in maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea region.

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Abstract: 

The report was developed within the framework of the Pan Baltic Scope project, which aims to achieve coherent national maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region, and to build lasting macro-region mechanisms for cross-border MSP cooperation. The aim of the report is to provide insights on how economic, social, cultural and ecosystem service impacts could be understood and assessed in the context of MSP. 

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
December 2019
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Economic aspects
Environment aspects
Social aspects
Type of practice: 
Study
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Water Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • What is the current status of MSP and regional economic and social analysis in the Baltic Sea region? 
  • How economic, social, cultural and ecosystem service impacts could be understood and assessed in the context of MSP?  

Implementation Context: 

The report was developed within the Pan Baltic Scope project. 

Aspects / Objectives: 

The aim of the report was to provide insights on how economic, social, cultural and ecosystem service impacts could be understood and assessed in the context of MSP, what kind of methods, approaches and concepts are available for their assessment, studies that could provide useful findings, and what is the current status of the assessment of these impacts in the Baltic Sea.

Method: 

The report is based on the literature review and results of the survey, submitted to the MSP authorities in the Baltic Sea region, on existing data and approaches for assessment of economic, social, cultural and ecosystem service impacts in MSP. 

Main Outputs / Results: 

Based on the results of the review and survey, multiple knowledge gaps and development needs in MSP related to the assessments of economic, socio-cultural and ecosystem services impact assessments were identified. More knowledge, resources and expertise are required to improve the assessment of these impacts. 

Transferability: 

Although the report was developed for the Baltic Sea, the information and methodology could be applied to other regions.

RESPONSIBLE ENTITY:  

Pan Baltic Scope project coordinated by HELCOM.  

FUNDING SOURCE:  

The report is developed within the framework of the Pan Baltic Scope project funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).  

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