A matrix of interests was developed as part of this BalticSCOPE case study to map both present and potential future national sectoral interests in the case study transboundary focal areas. It provided an overview of the scope of interests and different priorities, as well as potential conflicts.
Questions this practice may help answer
- How can national sectoral interests be presented and understood in a cross border MSP process?
- How can conflicts be identified among national sectoral interests?
The matrix of interests was developed in the context of the BalticSCOPE project to present an overview of the scope of interests and different priorities regarding national interests in four key sectors with transboundary impacts: shipping, energy, fisheries and environment/nature protection.
Aspects / Objectives
- Identify different national interests and potential conflicts and synergies between sectors
- Document how decisions were reached in the project context
As preparation for the matrix of interests exercise, partners identified transboundary focus areas, covering diverse interests and spanning country boundaries and bordering EEZs. Planners then mapped present and potential sectoral interests within each of the transboundary focus areas and determined the degree of interest (strong interest, minor interest, no interest, no information). Next, they compared the level of priority given by different countries to each item in each specific focus area. Additionally, the exercise gathered information about existing restrictions or regulations within each of the areas. This information was then presented in a visual format, organized by focal areas. Please see more detailed information in Info Box 1 in the linked report.
Main Outputs / Results
The completed matrix provided an overview of the scope of interests and differing priorities between the countries involved, as well as potential conflicts. It also documents how the project partners came to certain decisions.
It is important to note that the completed matrix is an illustration to highlight methods used and provide process-tracing evidence regarding how and why certain decisions were reached. The assessment was an exercise in the context of the BalticSCOPE project, and does not necessarily reflect the national governments’ positions regarding the individual matters presented.
A similar exercise could be conducted in the context of other cross border MSP processes to identify focus areas, given that sufficient information is available regarding degree of interest and restrictions and regulations to complete the matrix.
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SE) – Lead Partner
Costs / Funding Source
Funding Source: the topic papers were developed within the BalticSCOPE project, funded by EMFF.
Costs: not possible to be defined, as part of the overall funds to BalticSCOPE project.
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
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