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Join our two upcoming KEY EVENTS!

Registration (free of charge) is still open! Click on the titles of the events for more information/registration!

Monday, 19th May 2014 - 11:00 to 12:30 - Bremen, Germany

The international dimension inherent in many maritime activities, as well as the ecosystem approach, means that a transboundary approach to MSP (Maritime Spatial Planning) will increasingly be required.

The workshop, which is co-organised by PartiSEApate, is based on lessons in transboundary MSP in four regional seas: the Atlantic (TPEA - Algarve / Gulf of Cadiz and East Coast of Ireland / Irish Sea), the Baltic (PartiSEApate), the North Sea (North Sea Grid Initiative), and the Mediterranean (AdriPlan).

It will highlight the specific opportunities that transboundary MSP offers to realise cross-border synergies in sea use and ecosystem management.

Moderator: Kira Gee


  • Stephen Jay (Project Coordinator: TPEA project, University of Liverpool)
  • Anna Hunke (North Sea Grid Initiative, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency)
  • Andrea Barbanti (Project Coordinator: AdriPlan, Istituto di Scienze Marine, Venice)
  • Angela Schultz-Zehden (Project Coordinator: PartiSEApate, s.Pro GmbH)

Additional Panel Experts: Julian Barbière (IOC-UNESCO, ICAM), Charles Ehler (Ocean Visions, MSP-consultant to IOC-UNESCO), Nico Nolte (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency), Jacek Zaucha (Maritime Institute in Gdansk), Margarida Almodovar (Direção-Geral de Política do Mar, Lisbon).

17th-18th June 2014, Riga, Latvia

The purpose of the MSP Forum is:

  • Bring together practitioners and researchers interested in maritime spatial planning (MSP), as well as policy makers and stakeholders involved in marine and coastal activities;
  • Show experiences and practices on MSP approaches and marine resources management;
  • Establish a maritime spatial planners platform for exchange of knowledge and experience and discussion on practical and technical planning matters;
  • Discuss the governance model developed in the framework of the conclusions and recommendations of the PartiSEApate project;
  • Discuss transposition and application of the upcoming EU directive on establishing a framework for MSP and integrated coastal management;
  • Discuss how to enhance and ensure continuity of maritime stakeholder dialogue;
  • Propose further steps for a successful implementation of the Regional Baltic MSP Roadmap 2013-2020;
  • Set the basis for new cooperation projects under HA Spatial Planning of the EUSBSR;
  • Investigate further needs in capacity building and specialized education related to MSP;
  • Contribute to the upcoming VASAB Ministerial Conference by devising new sea basin approaches in order to draw up and apply of trans-boundary ecosystem-based maritime spatial plans to the region by 2020.

Target group: MSP decision makers and stakeholders, MSP practitioners, marine researchers, PartiSEApate project partners

Please register here for participation.

The plenary sessions and workshop discussions will be supplemented by an exhibition of case studies, tools and data modules relevant for spatial planning.

For more information, please download the updated agenda from the Baltic MSP Forum Website!