Status report on socio-economic aspects when linking maritime and underwater cultural heritage to Blue Economy sectors.

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Abstract: 

The status report was developed within the framework of the BalticRim project. The document provides an overview of socio-economic aspects and management issues when linking maritime and underwater cultural heritage (MCH, UCH) with other Blue Economy sectors.  

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
2019
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Sectors: 
Under water cultural heritage
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Economic aspects
Social aspects
Type of practice: 
Study
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • What are the socio-economic aspects when linking the maritime and underwater cultural heritage to Blue Economy sectors? 
  • How creative economy can be used as a resource of economic benefit for UCH and MCH?   

Implementation Context: 

The report was developed within the framework of the Work Package 4 “Blue Growth Cooperation and Management Solutions” of the BalticRIM project.  

Aspects / Objectives: 

The report aims to provide an overview of socio-economic aspects and management issues when linking maritime and underwater cultural heritage (MCH, UCH) with other Blue Economy sectors. 

Method: 

The report provides a description of the Blue Economy concept, tourism and creative economy. European projects with the focus on tourism or cultural heritage are mapped and cultural heritage is analysed in national maritime spatial plans that are drawn (or are still in the process of drawing) in the BSR countries. An overview of future scenarios at the BSR level, and the touristic potential of the Estonian-Finnish joint case study has been highlighted using the maps and descriptions. 

Main Outputs / Results: 

Creative economy is not officially a Blue Economy sector, but rather a field, in which Underwater Cultural Heritage and Maritime Cultural Heritage can be used as resources for economic benefit. Neither MCH nor UCH are thoroughly considered in international projects or national MSPs. In regard to the future scenarios, different panBSR institutions established principles that should be taken into account.  Historical overview shows that the corridor between Estonia and Finland is in use for centuries and provides extensive materials for promotion of tourism.  

Transferability: 

The methodology applied can be used for any MSP process.

Responsible Entity:

BalticRIM project.

Funding Source: 

The report is developed within the framework of the BalticRIM project sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. 

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