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Project acronym: BaltSeaPlan

Project title: Introducing Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea

Application call: 1

Priority: 3. Baltic Sea as a common resource

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Lead Partner:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)
Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78
20359 Hamburg
DE
Dr. Bernd Brügge
E-mail: bernd.bruegge@bsh.de
Phone: 00494031903520
Fax: 00494031905000

Project Manager:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)
Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78
20359 Hamburg
DE
Dr. Nico Nolte
E-mail: nico.nolte@bsh.de
Phone: 00494031903520
Fax: 00494031905000


Information Manager:

sustainable projects GmbH
Rheinstraße 34
12161 Berlin
DE
Angela Schultz-Zehden
E-mail: asz@sustainable-projects.eu
Phone: 00493032667460
Fax: 00493032667459



Summary description of the project:

The € 3,7 m project BaltSeaPlan (2009-2012) accompanied the EU Maritime Policy by supporting the introduction of Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning and preparation of National Maritime Strategies within Baltic Sea Region. It also contributed to the implementation of the HELCOM recommendation on broad-scale Maritime Spatial Planning & the VASAB Gdańsk Declaration.

Background

The Baltic Sea is a unique inland sea: It is a dynamic economic area & at the same time characterised by special geographical and environmental conditions.

The different sea uses such as shipping, fishery, wind farms or mineral extraction are increasingly competing for the limited sea space. On top of this the fragile Baltic ecosystem and the threats of climate change call for a balanced multi-sectoral approach. A wise, pro-active maritime spatial planning (MSP) can not only avoid conflicts, but also create synergies and thus lay the basis for a sustainable maritime development. MSP has therefore become a widely

acknowledged and necessary tool for co-ordinating spatial use and balancing of interests in the sea.

At the time, when the BaltSeaPlan project was initiated, MSP was far from being established practice. Hardly any country within the Baltic Sea region had established the necessary legislation and/or appointed the institutions in charge for MSP.

This was the challenge but also the chance for the BaltSeaPlan project, which aimed to create the basis for developing, introducing and implementing maritime spatial planning throughout the Baltic Sea in a coherent manner.

Activities

a) Improve the information basis for MSP

 Dialogue forum: spatial planners & scientists

 Compilation of current uses, conflicts and natural values of the Baltic Sea

 Fill some data gaps for MSP Pilots

 Collection of suitable modelling tools for MSP

 Create model for BSR wide data exchange

b) Include Spatial Planning in National Maritime Strategies

 assess national frameworks and sectoral strategies influencing the sea space use (e.g. energy, fishery, transport, tourism, as well as nature conservation)

 prepare recommendations on spatial issues within National Maritime Strategies

c) Develop a Common Spatial Vision for the Baltic Sea

 develop jointly a BSR wide spatial vision on how the BSR would look like in 2030 in case MSP is put into practice from now on - taking into account transnational interdependencies and cumulative impacts

d) Demonstrate various steps of MSP in 8 pilot areas

e) Lobbying and capacity building for MSP

 Stakeholder involvement & participative planning methods

 BaltSeaPlan series of guidelines & policy recommendations

 Workshops & conferences for decision-makers


Achievements of the project so far:

The BaltSeaPlan project has received a lot of attention within & outside the BSR with its recommendations, principles, models & methods being in focus of MSP discussions at national, transnational & European level. The VASAB CSPD has for instance already acknowledged the BaltSeaPlan Vision 2030 & the revised EUSBSR notes that “transboundary, ecosystem-based MSPs should be drawn up throughout the Region by 2015." Most importantly BaltSeaPlan has achieved its basic ambition: namely to bring the BSR closer to turning MSP into practice. By now Sweden has established a new Marine Agency responsible for MSP; Lithuania is developing its first MSP; Latvia & Poland have passed the relevant legislation that will allow them to begin the formal MSP process. Moreover, in autumn 2010 HELCOM & VASAB established the joint working group on MSP. During the course of the last three years the staff & experts of the 14 BaltSeaPlan PPs have explored new methods relatedto MSP in the 7 demonstration projects.

Each of them emphasised a different aspect within the complex MSP cycle: In the Danish Straights new methods were tested on seabed & habitat mapping & research undertaken about the relationship between shipping noise & distribution of marine mammals. The Pomeranian Bight–a busy maritime area situated west of Bornholm between Germany, southern Sweden & the Western Coast of Poland–was instrumental to showcase cross-border governance issues including criteria for offshore wind parks. The Middle Bank pilot demonstrates on how a strategic MSP can be prepared for an offshore area with the purpose of preventing possible future conflicts rather than mitigating current ones. The Lithuanian case was used in order to raise awareness on MSP in general, whereas the Latvian PPs emphasised the work with stakeholders. For the Estonian MSP pilots a new open web tool was developed, which makes it easier to show the of different use priorities for the planning area. Last but not least activities for the

Western Gulf of Gdansk were devoted to assessing the consequences of the MSP prepared for this area on the environment.

Furthermore BaltSeaPlan developed a series of reports& recommendations, which are an expression of the joint knowledge, experience & opinion of the whole partnership & are of particular significance if MSP is to be understood as a transnational, information led activity. A comprehensive data model shows the detailed type of data required for MSP & gives recommendations on how such infrastructure should be developed in the course of the coming years. The “Vision 2030–Towards sustainable planning of the Baltic Sea space” stipulates that maritime spatial planners & all parties involved have to regard the Baltic as 1 planning space & ecosystem with spatial connectivity & efficiency being the underlying principles for any kind of planning decision to be made.

The experience & lesson to be learned from BaltSeaPlan are published in more than 30 reports (www.baltseaplan.eu).



Project Duration: Oct 2008 - Jan 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 3.707.720,00
ERDF co-financing: 2.953.560,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
20359 Hamburg | GERMANY
Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78
Region: Hamburg
Contact person: Dr. Bernd Brügge
Phone: 00494031903520
E-mail: bernd.bruegge@bsh.de
Web: www.bsh.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:575.000,00
ERDF co-financing:431.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
WWF Germany
18439 Stralsund | GERMANY
Kniperwall 1
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Mr. Jochen Lamp
Phone: 00493831297018
E-mail: lamp@wwf.de
Web: www.wwf.de/regionen/ostsee/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:475.928,00
ERDF co-financing:356.946,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ministry of Transport, Building and Regional Development, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
19053 Schwerin | GERMANY
Schlossstrasse 6-8
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Mrs. Susan Toben
Phone: 00493855883080
E-mail: susan.toben@vm.regierung-mv.de
Web: www.regierung-mv.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:80.000,00
ERDF co-financing:60.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Maritime Office, Szczecin
70-207 Szczecin | POLAND
Plac Batorego 4
Region: Zachodniopomorskie
Contact person: Mrs. Grazyna Chmura
Phone: 0048914403427
E-mail: gchmura@ums.gov.pl
Web: www.ums.gov.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.560,00
ERDF co-financing:170.476,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Maritime Office, Gdynia
81-338 Gdynia | POLAND
ul. Chrzanowskiego 10
Region: Pomorskie
Contact person: Mr. Andrzej Cieslak
Phone: 0048586206911
E-mail: cieslak@umgdy.gov.pl
Web: www.umgdy.gov.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:48.000,00
ERDF co-financing:40.800,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Maritime Institute Gdansk
80-830 Gdansk | POLAND
Dlugi Targ 41-42
Region: Pomorskie
Contact person: Mr. Juliusz Gajewski
Phone: 0048583018724
E-mail: juliusz.gajewski@im.gda.pl
Web: www.im.gda.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:313.835,00
ERDF co-financing:266.759,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
National Environmental Research Institute of Aarhus University
4000 Roskilde | DENMARK
Frederiksborgvej 399
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Mr. Karsten Dahl
Phone: 004546301266
E-mail: kda@dmu.dk
Web: www.dmu.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:564.578,00
ERDF co-financing:423.433,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Royal Institute for Technology
10044 Stockholm | SWEDEN
Teknikringen 34
Region: Sydsverige
Contact person: Prof. Ronald Wennersten
Phone: 004687906347
E-mail: rw@ket.kth.se
Web: www.kth.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:150.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
10648 Stockholm | SWEDEN
Valhallavägen 195
Region: Sydsverige
Contact person: Mrs. Cecilia Lindblad
Phone: 004686981295
E-mail: cecilia.lindblad@naturvardsverket.se
Web: www.naturvardsverket.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:84.520,00
ERDF co-financing:63.390,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Tartu
12618 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Mäealuse Street 10a
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Mr. Robert Aps
Phone: 003726718942
E-mail: apsrobert824@gmail.com
Web: www.ut.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:319.100,00
ERDF co-financing:271.235,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia
10621 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Liimi 1
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Mr. Kai Klein
Phone: 3726597027
E-mail: kai.klein@bef.ee
Web: www.bef.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:145.000,00
ERDF co-financing:123.250,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Klaipeda, Coastal Research and Planning Institute
92294 Klaipeda | LITHUANIA
H. Manto 84
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Mr. Alfonsas Ramonas
Phone: (00)37046398904
E-mail: alfonsas.ramonas@ku.lt
Web: www.corpi.ku.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:228.275,00
ERDF co-financing:194.033,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Batlic Environmental Forum (BEF) Lithuania
3221 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
Vivulskio St. 14/8
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Mr. Zymantas Morkvenas
Phone: 0037052138155
E-mail: zymantas.morkvenas@bef.lt
Web: www.bef.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:173.045,00
ERDF co-financing:147.088,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Batlic Environmental Forum Latvia
1050 Riga | LATVIA
Peldu Str. 26/28-505
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Mrs. Hedrun Fammler
Phone: 0037167357555
E-mail: heidrun.fammler@bef.lv
Web: www.bef.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:299.880,00
ERDF co-financing:254.898,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00