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23-24 November 2016 2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum, Riga

VASAB and the Baltic SCOPE project in cooperation with ICES organizes the 2nd Baltic MSP Forum – the biggest regional event of the institutions responsible for maritime spatial planning (MSP). The Forum serves as a platform for discussions among those involved and affected by maritime spatial planning on how to develop and enhance MSP in the Baltic Sea basin.

The Baltic MSP Forum is about bringing together practitioners and researchers interested in MSP, as well as policy makers and stakeholders involved in marine and coastal activities to see the whole picture of the MSP and create more effective ways for the cross-border cooperation. The themes of the Forum are relevant and interesting for MSP practitioners from other sea basins as well.

Building on the success of the first Baltic MSP Forum in 2014 it has now become a regular event – taking place once in two years. Thus, the next Forum is planned in 2018 in Germany. The Forum organized by the VASAB serves also as the final conference of the EC DG MARE funded Baltic SCOPE project.

icon Information about the 2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum 2016

REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 4 NOVEMBER 2016. Please register and see more detailed information on Baltic SCOPE website. 

22 September 2016 VASAB workshop on territorial monitoring, Krakow

The VASAB workshop on Territorial Monitoring was held on 22nd September 2016, in Krakow (Poland), presenting current initiatives and good practices of spatial monitoring in the Baltic Sea Region and rising up discussions on further development needs of existing monitoring approaches in the region including cross-border aspect.

The VASAB workshop was organised within the framework of the Polish Chairmanship in the cooperation of Ministers responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the Baltic Sea Region (VASAB) as back-to-back event to the VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR) 73rd meeting on 23rd September 2016. The event was supported by the Interreg BSR Programme project "Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" support 2" ("HASPS 2").

icon Agenda: VASAB Workshop on territorial monitoring

icon Practical information

icon Presentation: Monitoring of regional development in Malopolska region

icon Presentation: Regional development indicators module in Latvia

icon Presentation: Spatial monitoring on functional regions in Germany

icon Presentation: Outcomes from the seminar on monitoring of the EUSBSR

icon Conclusions: VASAB Workshop on territorial monitoring



07 June 2016 VASAB Conference "Achieving Good Living Environment: territory matters. What's beyond 2030 for macro-regions?", Warsaw

The main goal of the VASAB Conference “Achieving Good Living Environment: Territory Matters. What`s beyond 2030 for Macro-Region?” which took place in Warsaw, Poland on 7 June 2016 was to bring a regional input to the implementation of European territorial cohesion objective. The event was organised in cooperation with VASAB Polish Chairmanship.

During the Conference current strategic issues and trends in European and regional territorial development (such as a Pact of Amsterdam, Territorial Impact Assessment etc.), place-based approaches in urban development in the Baltic Sea Region and relevant experience from Visegrad countries were presented.


The Conference was organised in the frame of Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 Technical Assistance grant project "HASPS - Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" Support".





24 February 2016 VASAB workshop on Assessment of Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2013-2020, Gdansk

The workshop assessed introduction of maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea Region and identified the interests and future needs beyond the current Roadmap. The event was organized in a form of active discussions where participants dealing or closely linked to the maritime spatial planning had an opportunity to share their experience, opinions and expectations. The workshop also included an outline of the work being done by the joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group and an input from several ongoing maritime spatial planning projects in the Baltic Sea area.

 icon Agenda of VASAB Workshop on Assessment of Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2013-2020

icon Chair and Moderator Conclusions from VASAB Workshop on Assessment of Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2013-2020

icon Presentation: BONUS BaltSpace. Reflections on issues of importance for MSP processes in the BSR

icon Presentation: Baltic SCOPE. Conclusions from transborder sector discussions

icon Presentation: A roadmap towards a healthy Baltic Sea

28 October 2015 VASAB Workshop on Urban Revitalization, Lodz

Cities and towns are the drivers of European economy due to the population, services, housing, economic activity and transport nodes. Cities play significant role in territorial development to achieve goals of EU Cohesion policy. Urban areas also face different challenges which require purposeful and coordinated action at all governance levels.

In order to achieve coherent development of the Baltic Sea Region, specific approaches for a diverse urban pattern (small and medium cities, urban partnerships, cooperation across administrative borders) are being currently discussed within the EU Urban Agenda process. This will improve urban dimension in EU policy and better support cities in their integrated development through more "urban proof" EU policies, taking into account the governance, social and economic development, as well as environmental issues.

The workshop was organized in order to share experiences on urban revitalization at national and local level and to bring a joint input to ongoing Urban Agenda development process based on existing sustainable urban planning solutions and partnership concepts. The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 projects "Baltic Urban Lab" and "Livable Baltic Campus" provided their viewpoint on creative solutions to improve the quality of life in Baltic Sea region cities. Both projects will bring an input to the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region and particularly to its Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" by providing place-based spatial planning solutions.

Workshop was concluded by discussions rising up opinions how VASAB could contribute to the EU Urban Agenda process. It was agreed that VASAB could bring an input by highlighting urban issues in the BSR cities facing the demographic changes. Furthermore it was proposed that the problem of shrinking cities and depopulation topic should be included in the Agenda of the coming VASAB Conference to be held in Warsaw, 6-7 June 2016.

The Workshop on Urban Revitalization was organized back-to-back with VASAB CSPD/BSR meeting in Lodz, Poland on 28 October 2015.

VENUE: EC1 (, Łódź, ul. Targowa 1/3

The VASAB workshop was organised in the frame of Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020 Technical Assistance grant project "HASPS - Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" Support".


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