Recommendations on developing a framework for economic and social analyses in maritime spatial planning.


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The recommendations are 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 recommendations should help the countries in developing the frameworks for economic and social analyses in MSP.

Sea Basin(s): 
November 2019
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Economic aspects
Social aspects
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • How to develop a framework for economic and social analyses in maritime spatial planning?  

Implementation Context: 

The report is developed in the context of the Pan Baltic Scope project, and presents its results.

Aspects / Objectives:

The aim of the recommendations is to help stakeholders to create a framework for economic and social analyses in MSP.  


The recommendations development implied a literature review and the results of a survey, submitted to the national authorities in the Baltic Sea countries, on the assessment of economic and social impacts and ecosystem services in national MSP. 

The work represents a part of the Activity 1.2.5 on Economic and Social Analyses in the Pan Baltic Scope project. The recommendations represent the results of collaboration (Work Package 1.2) on the Ecosystem-Based Approach in the Pan Baltic Scope project, and are based on the previous regional economic and social analyses, mainly HELCOM HOLAS II. 

Main Outputs / Results: 

The recommendations are presented as a list of guidelines on how to develop the economic and social analyses in MSP. 


Although the recommendations are developed for the Baltic Sea, the information and methodology could be applied to other regions. 

Responsible Entity: 

Pan Baltic Scope project coordinated by HELCOM. 

Funding Source: 

The report is developed within the framework of the Pan Baltic Scope project funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).