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VASAB has initiated, supported and has been represented in a number of projects that facilitate implementation of the VASAB tasks:




Pan Baltic Scope

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HASPS 2 - Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" Support 2



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NSB CoRe - North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions

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Baltic LINes
- Coherent Linear Infrastructures in Baltic Maritime Spatial Plans

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Baltic SCOPE - Towards coherence and cross-border solutions in Maritime Spatial Planning

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- Horizontal Action "Spatial Planning" Support


HASPATIAL logotype cmyk small EUSBSR TA-HAL - Technical Assistance to the EUSBSR Horizontal Action „Spatial Planning"
PartiSEApate - Multi-level Governance in MSP (Maritime Spatial Planning) throughout the Baltic Sea Region
BSR-TeMo - Territorial Monitoring for the Baltic Sea Region

Plan Bothnia - EU DG MARE Preparatory Action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea

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BALANCE – Baltic Sea Management – Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Ecosystem through Spatial Planning
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MATROS – Maritime Transportation System in the Baltic Sea Region from a Spatial Development Perspective

Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007–2013 project Multi-level Governance in MSP (Maritime Spatial Planning) throughout the Baltic Sea Region

partiseapate basicProject's lifetime: Jun 2012 - Sep 2014

Budget: € 1 043 015

The overall objective of the Project: to initiate cross-border, cross-sectorial and multi-level governance in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) throughout the Baltic Sea Region.

The ambition of the PartiSEApate project is to develop a pan-Baltic approach to the topics whose spatial dimension goes over the national borders (i.e. nature protection areas, grid connections, shipping lanes). Partners will develop a concept for a MSP institutional framework and governance model (incl. transnational consultation, MSP data exchange network), which shall provide input to policy decisions taken at the VASAB ministerial conference.
The VASAB Compendium on MSP systems in BSR countries will be updated and bodies responsible for drafting MSP throughout the region will test and develop instruments and models how multi-level and transnational governance mechanisms can be realised in MSP.

The project will have three pilot case areas:
Pomeranian Bight (SE, DE, PL),
Lithuanian Sea (LT, LV, SE, RU)
Middle Bank (SE, PL).

In addition partners will engage national & transnational bodies, other PACs & flagships, sectors & researchers in a dialogue on a pan-Baltic level. Through a sequence of single-topic workshops (i.e. shipping, wind energy, aquaculture, cultural heritage, environment, climate change, data & research) stakeholders will better understand what MSP means to them and the transnational nature of their topic. In follow up cross-sectoral workshops synergies and conflicts will be identified and proposals for future MSP governance processes at pan-Baltic level will be developed.

Participants of the Project

Maritime Institute Gdansk (Lead partner)
Maritime Office in Gdynia
VASAB Secretariat
Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
Klaipėda University Coastal Research and Planning Institute
Region Skåne
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency
Maritime Office Szczecin

Main outputs of the project

• Recommendations on transnational minimum requirements for MSP
• Update of Compendium on MSP structures around BSR
• Concept for a transnational institutional and governance model on transnational coordination, agreements and data exchanges in MSP
• Handbook on multilevel/ transnational MSP consultation process
• Summary report on various sector perspectives, their expectations towards MSP and targets&priorities for future development on pan-Baltic scale
Overview of the Maritime Spatial Planning Situation in the Countries of the Baltic Sea Region 2013 (country fiches)


The final result is a MSP plan document “Planning the Bothnian Sea” which was created as a collective effort by six partners and numerous participants from regional and national authorities in Sweden and Finland.


VASAB as a partner of PLAN BOTHNIA Project hired two experts to provide services for study on “Region-wide recommendations on minimum requirements for MSP systems”:

  1. Expert for development of minimum requirements for maritime spatial planning systems and
  2. Expert for identification of maritime spatial planning best practices in the Baltic Sea region and other European Union maritime regions.

Final reports are available here:

icon Report Necessary common minimum requirements for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea

icon Report Identification of maritime spatial planning best practices in the Baltic Sea Region and other European Union maritime regions

EU DG MARE Preparatory Action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea

Plan BothniaProject's lifetime: December 2010 - June 2012
Budget: € 500 000

The PLAN BOTHNIA project has tested transboundary Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea. The project used the Bothnian Sea area between Sweden and Finland as a case study of Baltic transboundary MSP. The project was a Baltic Sea MSP "preparatory action" funded by EU Commission DG MARE under the EU Integrated Maritime Policy.

The final result is a MSP plan document "Planning the Bothnian Sea" which was created as a collective effort by six partners and numerous participants from regional and national authorities in Sweden and Finland. The plan publication includes peer reviews of five international experts on MSP.

The Lead Partner of the project was Baltic Sea Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) Secretariat. VASAB Secretariat was a project partner responsible for study on "Region-wide recommendations on minimum requirements for MSP systems, a stakeholder meeting and the final conference.

More information about PLAN BOTHNIA project can be found at project webpage.

BSR-TeMo - Territorial Monitoring for the Baltic Sea Region
ESPON 2013 Programme project

Project's lifetime: February 2012 – January 2014
Budget: € 340 000

BSR-TeMo promotes territorial development and cohesion in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) by developing an indicator based monitoring system. The monitoring system will measure the progress in achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion in the BSR by using indicators at different scales. This will contribute to increased knowledge and understanding of territorial cohesion processes in the BSR. Geographically the whole of the BSR, EU as well as none EU-member States, is covered.

The BSR can become a practical demonstration area for the territorial dimension of the EU Cohesion Policy and cooperation with the neighbouring countries in spatial and regional development. The EU Strategy for the BSR is foreseen to promote a stronger transnational cooperation between various actors in dealing with important issues, which transcend the administrative borders. Among them are the issues of environment, prosperity, attractiveness and accessibility, as well as safety and security challenges. The Strategy takes notice of the development opportunities related to an inflow of EU Structural Funds to the countries and regions around the Baltic Sea, and calls for harmonization of actions across the borders in order to minimize overlaps and contradictory activities.

The remains of the former political divide of Europe are still strongly reflected in the disparities between the countries in the BSR. The ministers responsible for spatial planning and development in the Baltic Sea Region at the VASAB Ministerial Conference in Vilnius 2009 declared the interest to develop the Region into a model case of concrete co-operation in spatially related cross-border and transnational spatial planning and development tasks towards territorial cohesion. Furthermore they asked for monitoring and periodical reporting of the territorial development of the BSR.

VASAB Committee on Spatial Planning and Development in the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR) is a Steering Committee for the project representing interests of the project stakeholders. Four Steering Committee meetings have taken place: 19-20 March 2012 in Rostock, 20-21 June 2012 in Potsdam, 24 October 2012 in St.Petersburg, 21-22 January 2013 in Oslo.

Here you can see the synthesis of the project results in publication "Baltic Sea Region - Territorial Monitoring", printed in March 2014 by VASAB:

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icon Регион Балтийского моря – территориальный мониторинг


More information about BSR-TeMo project can be found at the ESPON 2013 Programme webpage.

East West Window

Project's lifetime: June 2007 - December 2008
Budget: € 503 104

The main aim of the East West Window project was to accelerate the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) development through better connecting of the existing potentials within the Region.

The project:

  • promoted territorial integration of the North-West Russia and Kaliningrad into the Baltic Sea Region through joint spatial planning and development actions in the priority fields such as business development, transport and ICT development as well as in the sea use planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management,
  • diminished knowledge gaps within the Region on the character of development potential, its synergies and complementarities with potentials of other countries of the region, and on methods how this potential can be efficiently connected with the potentials of the regional partners,
  • served VASAB as a useful tool for its main goal to prepare the Long Term Perspective for spatial development of the BSR till 2030, in line with the encouragement of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

The outputs:

  • Assessment of unused innovation potential in NW Russia and recommendations on policy improvements for innovations in NW Russia from the BSR perspective;
  • Identification of spatial problems generated by innovation and in/out sourcing in NW Russia and assessment of their potential for the BSR integration;
  • Assessment of accessibility and trade flow perspective of NW Russia;
  • Policy recommendations on contribution of NW Russia to the joint efforts to improve connectivity and accessibility of the BSR;
  • Recommendations for improvement of the transnational planning methodologies in the field of transport and ICT development in the BSR;
  • Assessment of legal framework for co-operation of NW Russia in transnational sea use planning and ICZM;
  • Sea use register in Russia with relevant maps/GIS application;
  • Policy recommendations on legislative changes leading to involvement of Russian institutions in the management system for sea use planning and ICZM at the BSR level;
  • Recommendations on upgrading the instruments and tools for transnational sea use planning and ICZM accumulated at the BSR level based on the completed pilot activities;
  • Proposals for future investments in NW Russia in the fields of knowledge-based economy, transport and ICT;
  • Acknowledgment of the results at the political level (e.g. Northern Dimension, BDF, Baltic 21, VASAB, CBSS summits);
  • Institutional framework for co-operation with other BSR countries in the transnational sea use planning and ICZM.

More information and documents about East West Window project can be found here:

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