The concept of marine Green Infrastructure (GI) is defined as a spatial network of ecologically valuable areas significant to the maintenance of ecosystems health and resilience, biodiversity conservation, and delivery of ecosystem services essential for human well-being. The marine GI concept has a great potential for enhancing the ecosystem-based approach to maritime spatial planning. The project tested GI mapping at the Baltic Sea scale, covering two essential aspects: identification of areas of high ecological value and potential supply of ecosystem services.
QUESTIONS THIS PRACTICE MAY HELP ANSWER:
- What are the existing approaches to Green Infrastructure mapping?
- What is the Pan Baltic Scope approach to Green Infrastructure mapping?
- What are the possibilities for mapping marine Green Infrastructure and its application to MSP?
The report is developed within the context of the Pan Baltic Scope project under the activity 1.2.4. Green Infrastructure (GI).
ASPECTS / OBJECTIVES:
The objectives of the report are:
- To outline the concept of Green Infrastructure by utilising previous and ongoing studies and projects;
- To test the concept by utilising the available data (e.g. developing Baltic-wide maps on benthic habitats, including those that are important for fish species);
- To collect feedback on the draft concept from the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group and HELCOM State and Conservation Working Group.
The report provides an overview of the GI concept, its existing definitions, policy contexts, and existing approaches to the GI mapping. It also presents a Pan Baltic Scope approach to marine GI mapping with a description of suggested components, assessment criteria and available data sets for GI mapping at the Baltic Sea scale.
MAIN OUTPUTS / RESULTS:
The report provides conclusions regarding the research needs and opportunities in MSP, as well as limitations to be addressed in future studies.
The GI concept can be applied to maritime spatial planning in other regions.
Pan Baltic Scope project.
The report is developed within the framework of the Pan Baltic Scope project funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).