EBA in MSP – a SEA Inclusive Handbook.

Abstract: 

Implementing the Ecosystem-based Approach (EBA) in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in a cross-border setting is a challenge as it involves administrative, planning and other institutional concepts. This handbook aims to contribute to a better understanding of the different contexts and to provide tools for a more harmonised implementation of EBA in MSP

 

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

QUESTIONS THIS PRACTICE MAY HELP ANSWER:

  • How should the ecosystem-based approach be implemented in the MSP process?

IMPLEMENTATION CONTEXT:

The handbook is developed within the framework of the Pan Baltic Scope project.

ASPECTS / OBJECTIVES:

The handbook aims to provide tools for a more harmonised implementation of EBA in MSP.

METHOD:

The methodology addresses the implementation of the Ecosystem-based Approach (EBA), provides a comparison of different Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA), and links MSP with key policies, such as the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). It incorporates a literature review, analyses of existing plans and interviews with experts.

MAIN OUTPUTS / RESULTS:

The implementation of the ecosystem-based approach in maritime spatial planning relies on the interaction of several policy tools. The “Ecosystem-based Toolbox” provides recommendations regarding the aspects of EBA that may be relevant at each stage of the MSP process. Strategic Environmental Assessment remains to be the main tool of the EBA in maritime spatial planning that can contribute to the effectiveness of the MSP process.

TRANSFERABILITY:

The methods applied and the concepts developed are transferable to other sea basin regions and to the individual needs of maritime spatial planners.

Responsible Entity: 

Pan Baltic Scope project.  

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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