Baltic Sea maritime spatial planning for sustainable ecosystem servicesCoordinator: Henning Sten Hansen, Aalborg University
Total budget: EUR 2,8 million
Duration: 3 years, 1.7.2017-30.6.2020
Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) requires a spatially explicit framework for decision-making. The objective of the project is to develop integrated and innovative solutions for MSP from the local to the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) scale through a decision-support tool building on interactive information technology, and aiming at informing multi-level governance systems for their management of ecologically and socio-economically sound network of protected marine areas in the Baltic Sea. The project builds upon existing knowledge, identifies and involves relevant actors as well as addresses different spatial scales ranging from local, national to the macro-regional level. Specific objectives are to: a) analyse governance systems and their information needs regarding MSP in the BSR for developing an operational, transnational model for MSP, while maintaining compliance with existing governance systems; b) develop methods and tools for assessments of different plan proposals based on an approach including spatially explicit pressures and effects on maritime ecosystem services; c) create a spatial data infrastructure for the BSR facilitating broad access to information; d) design and develop an innovative web-based decision support system providing easy access to information through intelligent discovery. The impact of the project is facilitated and assessed in transnational case studies, where integrated solutions are required – e.g. the Fehmarn Belt, and the Gulf of Finland.
Keywords: Maritime spatial planning, ecosystem services, decision-support systems, stakeholder involvement, information sharing and exchange
Partners: Denmark, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Sweden