MSP Pan-Baltic Stakeholder Engagement

For a sustainable and integrated planning across the BSR, planners and stakeholders have to be engaged in holistic, pan-Baltic thinking where the whole Baltic Sea is considered as one ecosystem and one planning space. Since interests most often tend to be expressed on a one sector / one nation (or region) basis, PartiSEApate focussed 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 gained an understanding of what MSP means to them and why it is important to treat certain topics on a transnational level. Planners in turn got an insight into their priorities, objectives, expectations, fears and hopes. Initial workshops were devoted to only one sector/topic each, so as to focus the discussions.

In subsequent steps, communication lines were opened to stimulate cross-sectoral debate: sectors then interacted horizontally with each other to identify synergies and conflicts, and develop priorities and solutions for future MSPs and related governance processes. The ambition was to develop a pan-Baltic approach for those topics whose spatial dimension transcends national borders as well as a concept for an MSP institutional and governance model for transnational cooperation, agreements and data exchange.

The following single-sector stakeholder workshops were organised:

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