Pan Baltic Scope


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Pan Baltic Scope

Project Implementation Period: 
January 2018 - December 2019

Overall budget: € 3.315.113 

EU contribution: € 2.652.086

About the Project: 

The objective of Pan Baltic Scope is 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 project will focus on:

  • Cross-border Collaboration and Consultation to Support National MSP-processes. 
  • Advancing the Implementation of the Ecosystem-Based Approach and Data Sharing 
  • Integrating Land-Sea Interactions into MSP 

A Planning Forum will be established having a central role in the implementation of the project. The Forum will function as a regular platform for the collaboration on specific planning issues identified by the planning authorities and regional organisations. The Planning Forum will also guide and inform the work on predefined themes of the project. 

The project will build on the results and experiences from a series of MSP-related projects in the Baltic Sea Region as well as on the national MSP processes. Particularly the experiences from real-life planning and recommendations on further work from the Baltic SCOPE project (2015-2017) will be utilized. 

The project will develop and test tools and methods for the practical implementation of an ecosystem-based approach in MSP relating to: 

  • Cumulative impacts linking to HELCOM HOLAS and SYMPHONY 
  • Implementation of the ecosystem-based approach in sub-basin Strategic Environmental Assessments
  • "Green Infrastructure"
  • Economic and social analyses 

The project will complement the data sharing work undertaken by the HELCOM-VASAB Data Expert Group and the Baltic LINES project. In addition, the project will build experience on how to integrate land-sea interactions in MSP and deliver new and developed planning evidence for the direct practical use in the national planning processes. At pan-Baltic level, the project will contribute to further advancement of the transboundary cooperation on MSP in the Baltic Sea Region. 

Work Packages

  • WP 1.1 Cross-border Collaboration and Consultation to Support National MSP-processes Aim: to carry out national MSP processes in collaboration with other countries’ planning authorities.
  • WP 1.2 Advancing the Implementation of the Ecosystem-Based Approach and Data Sharing Aim: to advance the implementation of an ecosystem-based approach (EBA) in MSP in the Baltic Sea region and thus contribute to promoting the sustainable growth of the maritime and coastal economies and the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the Baltic Sea.
  • WP 1.3 Integrating Land-Sea Interactions into MSP Aim: to identify and practically work with important aspects of land- sea interaction in the BSR and to work with data and method development to integrate these into MSP
  • WP 2.1 Management and Coordination
  • WP 3.1 Communication and Dissemination

Project partners

  • Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) - Sweden
  • Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrtund Hydrographie (BSH) – Germany
  • Urząd Morski w Szczecinie / Maritime Office in Szczecin (UMS) – Poland
  • Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) – Denmark
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Republic of Latvia (Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija) (MoEPRD) – Latvia
  • Estonian Ministry of Finance / Rahandusministeerium – Estonia
  • State Regional Development Agency, VASAB Secretariat (VRAA) – Latvia
  • Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) – Finland
  • Nordregio – Sweden
  • Suomen ympäristökeskus/Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) – Finland
  • Government of Åland – Finland

Associated partners

  • Ministry of the Environment (Finland)
  • Ministry of Environment (Lithuania)
  • Ministry for Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Development of Mecklenburg and Vorpommern (Germany)

Pan Baltic Scope Reports

Story Map of the Finland, Åland and Sweden (FIAXSE) Case