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VASAB statement on cooperation with HELCOM distributed during HELCOM Ministerial Meeting

Today, on 3 October 2013, at HELCOM Ministerial Meeting in Copenhagen VASAB handed over a statement on cooperation with HELCOM on maritime spatial planning issues.

In the statement VASAB appreciates the work carried out jointly by VASAB and HELCOM towards better coordination of maritime spatial planning processes in the Baltic Sea Region.

The Baltic University Programme has announced a Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Course for Professionals

The primary target group for this course includes professionals from the different institutions involved in MSP in the Baltic Sea Region. A second target group comprises NGOs and consulting companies working or preparing to work with MSP and assist with MSP implementation in the Region, as well as Master students with special interest in MSP.

Deadline for applications is 30th June 2013.

Pan-Baltic stakeholder's workshops organized by PartiSEApate project

To ensure sustainable and integrated planning across the BSR PartiSEApate project will focus on engaging transnational, national and regional bodies as well as sectors and researchers in a series of dialogues on a pan-Baltic level.

Through these workshops, stakeholders will gain an understanding of what MSP means to them and why it is important to treat certain topics on a transnational level. Planners will in turn get an insight into their priorities, objectives, expectations, fears and hopes. Initial workshops will be devoted to only one sector/topic each, so as to focus the discussions.

Procurement procedure for provision of expert services for „PartiSEApate” project announced

Latvian State Regional Development Agency has announced procurement procedure for the provision of expert services for the needs of the PartiSEApate project.

We are looking for expert for development of Concept for a transnational institutional and governance model on transnational coordination, agreements and data exchange in MSP and Recommendations for transnational MSP.

Multi-level Governance in MSP (Maritime Spatial Planning) throughout the Baltic Sea Region - PartiSEApate

The bodies responsible and/or actually drafting MSP throughout the BSR have joined forces in new Baltic Sea Region programme project PartiSEApate. Project partners will test and develop instruments/models on how multi-level governance mechanisms can be realized in MSP within three pilot case areas: a) Pomeranian Bight (SE, DE, PL); b) Lithuanian Sea (LT, LV, SE, RU); c) Middle Bank (SE, PL).

BSR-TeMo - Territorial Monitoring for the Baltic Sea Region

The first workshop of the ESPON project BSR-TeMo took place on 21 June 2012 in Potsdam. VASAB has initiated the project and VASAB CSPD serves as a Steering Committee for the project.

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.

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