Baltic LINes project news
The report represents a first synthesis of available literature on the topic of shipping in the Baltic Sea and related past, present and future developments relevant for MSP. The report concentrates on the following key questions:
- What are the unique characteristics of the Baltic Sea with regard to shipping?
- Which economic, environmental and technological developments will influence shipping in the coming years and what are their spatial implications?
- What plans/guidelines are existent for the coordination of shipping traffic in the Baltic Sea?
Two new European projects will improve transnational coordination in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the North and Baltic Sea. Because human activities and their impacts do not stop at national sea borders, there is a need for coordination among national Maritime Spatial Plans and planning processes. With this in mind relevant MSP authorities will cooperate over the coming three years within the two sister projects “NorthSEE” and “Baltic LINes”, funded through Interreg. Both projects are led by the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. The meeting in Copenhagen launched the first ever joint implementation of two MSP projects in the North and Baltic Sea, increasing synergy even across two sea-basins. Together with expert institutions as well as sector stakeholders, they will work on developing coherent transnational planning solutions on a large spatial scale.