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Historically cultural heritage management has not been integrated in coastal policies. Some examples from Southern European countries are available, but usually natural heritage has been the main concern for integrated policies.

With expanding human uses at sea, the objective of maritime spatial planning (MSP) to promote sustainable coexistence between marine uses becomes an increasingly challenging task.

The aim the GAP project is to promote and enable processes for open and effective participation of stakeholders in research and management.

"Guidelines for Planning Marine Coastal Waters and the Adjacent Land Areas at the Local Level" are being developed as part of the EASME/EMFF/2016/ – Maritime Spatial Planning (PanBalticScope) project.

The incorporation of stakeholders into maritime spatial planning processes is widely acknowledged as essential for successful planning outcomes.

In its third edition, the EU Blue Economy Report continues to analyse the scope and size of the Blue Economy in the European Union.

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) requires a spatially explicit framework for decision-making, and on that background the overall objective of BONUS BASMATI is to develop integrated and innovative solutions for MSP from the local to the Baltic Sea R

The general objective of this study is to evaluate how MSP benefits specific blue economy sectors, with the aim to feed the results into relevant EU policies and Competent Authorities in charge of implementing Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP).

Marine spatial planning (MSP) in Europe is in a paradigm shift as all (coastal) European countries now have established practices for the production of marine spatial plans.

Claims for ocean space are growing while marine ecosystems suffer from centuries of insufficient care.

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is an effective tool for conciliating human activities and environmental values, building on spatial data and geoinformation technologies.