Baltic Sea Broad-Scale Maritime Spatial Planning Principles

HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group

Abstract: 

The HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group agreed on ten principles ten providing guidance for achieving better coherence in the development of Maritime Spatial Planning systems in the Baltic Sea Region.

Year: 
2010
Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Sectors: 
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Data
Economic aspects
Ecosystem-based approach
Environment aspects
Land-sea interactions
Sea-basin cooperation
Social aspects
Stakeholders
Type of practice: 
Guidance
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Vision and aims
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Key words: 

Questions this practice may help answer

  • What principles have to be taken into account in MSP?

Aspects / Objectives

The following ten principles have been agreed upon, which should guide maritime spatial planning and, thereby, to contribute to coherent MSP in the Baltic Sea:

  1. Sustainable management
  2. Ecosystem approach
  3. Long term perspective and objectives
  4. Precautionary Planning
  5. Participation and Transparency
  6. High quality data and information basis
  7. Transnational coordination and consultation
  8. Coherent terrestrial and maritime spatial planning
  9. Planning adapted to characteristics and special conditions at different areas
  10. Continuous planning

Main Outputs / Results

The principles are rather generic in nature. The HELCOM-VASAB Working Group has worked on their elaboration with:

  • Guidelines on transboundary consultations, public participation and cooperation

  • Through the work of the BSR MSP Data expert sub-group, which is supports data, information and evidence exchange for MSP processes with regard to cross-border and trans-boundary planning issues

  • Guideline for the implementation of ecosystem-based approach in Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea area

Transferability

These principles are valid not only for the Baltic Sea but can be universally applied for MSP.

Contact Person

Anita Mäkinnen

Co-chair of the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group

Finnish Transport Safety Agency

Email: anita.makinen@trafi.fi

Phone: +358 401624592

 

Andrzej Cieslak

Co-chair of the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group

Maritime Office in Gdynia

Email: cieslak@umgdy.gov.pl

Phone: +48 583553435

Responsible Entity

HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group

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