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PartiSEApate on the move!

Dialogue Series on Maritime Spatial Planning successfully launched

1. The workshop on “Spatial Planning implications of Aquaculture as a new user in the Baltic Sea” was held on April 16, 2013 in Gdańsk, Poland, hosted by the Maritime Institute Gdańsk. Participants expressed their hope that Maritime Spatial Planning will serve as a tool to make the voice of this forgotten sector more strongly heard and to build up a dialogue between the aquaculture industry and environmental protection authorities in order to search for joint solutions. 

2. The workshop “Climate Change Adaptations and MSP in the Baltic Sea” was held on May 14, 2013 in Skanör, Sweden, hosted by the Region Skåne. It was shown that climate change will have substantial impacts on numerous maritime uses due to sea level and temperature rise and to weather extremes with consequences on planning decisions especially in coastal regions. More work is required, however, in translating research results into spatially relevant information. 

Presentations and reports on both workshop can be found on

Registration open for workshops on MSP Research and Underwater Cultural Heritage

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 For more information on all workshops planned please download the MSP Dialogues flyer. 

PartiSEApate at European Maritime Day on May 22nd, 2013 in Malta

Together with the other “Blue” flagship projects of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region – Aquabest, SUBMARINER, BaltAdapt – representatives from the PartiSEApate project will discuss how maritime actions at sea-basin and regional levels can contribute to achieve Blue Growth. The workshop, coordinated by the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk, should help stimulate actors from other sea-basins to follow the example of the Baltic Sea Region.

Visit the conference website.

State of play in each Baltic Sea Region country: PartiSEApate MSP country fiches now available

As input to the Helcom Ministerial Conference, PartiSEApate project partners have developed short synopses on the status of Maritime Spatial Planning in their countries. In a concise way, each fiche shows:

  • Delimitation of marine waters
  • Current governance structures on MSP
  • Main sea uses
  • Maritime spatial planning legislation
  • Description of maritime spatial plans (in force and/or planned)
  • Relationship between MSP and environmental protection
  • Main contact points of responsible bodies for MSP 

All country fiches are available as a download here.

BaltSeaPlan Findings published

The "BaltSeaPlan Findings", which provide a summary of the experiences and lessons learned from the 3.7 million BaltSeaPlan project (finalised in 2013), have now been published. You can download the report directly from the PartiSEApate website or order a print copy free of charge by contacting

In conjunction with the launch of the Directive on MSP and ICM, the report was presented and discussed together with representatives from DG Mare and VASAB and more than 45 MSP Experts from all over Europe on the 20th of March 2013 at the Hanse Office in Brussels. 

First stakeholder meetings held on MSP Pilot Cases in Lithuania and Sweden

Introducing Swedish stakeholders to MSP

More than 40 participants from municipalities, government agencies, various interest groups, marine and wind energy sector, researchers and consultants participated in a workshop on MSP held in Malmö/Sweden on March 18th-19th, 2013 and hosted by the Region Skåne and the World Maritime University. The workshop was the first of a series of events and activities aiming to bring together the views of stakeholders from all adjoining countries of the Pomeranian Bight Pilot Area. View the presentations here.

 Involving Port Stakeholders in Lithuania

A consultation meeting was arranged by the Klaipeda University Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) on February 22nd, 2013 in Klaipeda between planners currently in charge of drafting the extension of the Lithuanian General Plan with MSP solutions and specialists from the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration and Klaipeda State Seaport Authorities. Discussions centered around how to deal with differences between existing/established shipping routes and those suggested in the current MSP concepts, as well as additional data requirements especially regarding neighbouring countries and better identification of types and size of ships operating on the various shipping routes.