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Towards Sustainable Governance of Baltic Marine Space


Project timeline
April 2015
36 months
March 2018
General Information
Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) has attained prominence recently in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) as the key instrument to coordinate and thus enable the growing use of marine resources and space, while safeguarding the good state of marine environment. Both ambitions are expressed in policies across all levels, such as the EU Blue Growth strategy and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MFSD). Achieving these ambitions depends on different forms of integration across various policies, sectors, stakeholders, ecological and geopolitical scales and scientific disciplines. However, there is a need for more research on what promotes and constrains integration of MSP at national, cross-border and pan-Baltic levels, and, based on this knowledge, on how planning approaches and tools can be improved. Hence, the aim of BaltSpace is to provide science-based approaches and tools to clarify and improve the capacity of MSP as a policy integrator and thereby enhance the capabilities of society to respond to current and future challenges directed to the Baltic Sea region. Research in BaltSpace will be based on a common interdisciplinary framework to examine in-depth case studies, which exemplify critical integration challenges, as well as serve as the basis for development of new integrated approaches and tools. Through continuous knowledge brokerage with peer groups and other research projects, it is anticipated that outcomes will make significant contributions towards sustainable governance of Baltic marine space. Hereon leads the work package entitled “Development and adopting science-based approaches and tools”.

The BaltSpace project receives funding from BONUS, the joint Baltic research and
development programme, cofinanced by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) under BONUS Implementation Agreement and all the relevant National Funding Institutions.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaERANET BONUS
Project TypeERANET BONUS project
Co-ordinatorSödertörns Högskola, SE
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Andreas Kannen, Institute of Coastal Research, KSO, Tel: +49 4152 87 1874
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Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (PL), Coastal Research and Planning Institute (LT), Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde IOW (DE), Södertörns Högskola (SE), Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (Havsmiljöinstitutet) (SE), s.Pro - sustainable projects GmbH (DE), University of Aarhus (DK)
BaltSpace website
Last Update: 16. April 2021