Cumulative Impact Assessment for Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region.


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The report is 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 report shows the importance of Cumulative Impact Assessment for Maritime Spatial Planning in the region.  

Sea Basin(s): 
November 2019
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Ecosystem-based approach
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • What is the importance of taking into consideration the Cumulative Impact Assessment in MSP?   

Implementation Context: 

The report was developed in the context of the Pan Baltic Scope project.  

Aspects / Objectives: 

The report aims to improve coherence between the countries of the Baltic Sea region, taking into consideration the ways cumulative impacts are assessed in the maritime spatial planning processes.  


The report summarises the ways cumulative impacts are addressed in MSP by the time of the project. It identifies the key issues for development and addresses the development needs. It suggests the practical steps on how the assessment of pressures from human activities in MSP can be structured and made more coherent with assessments conducted in relation to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The report introduces developed cumulative impact assessment tool and provides some of the identified development needs in case studies.   

Main Outputs / Results: 

The report provides the summary of conclusions and recommendations from the Pan Baltic Scope work in regard to the cumulative impacts.  


The methodology applied can be used for any MSP process. 


Pan Baltic Scope project.  

Funding Source: 

The work was co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) of the European Union.