As the environmental pillar of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy, the Maritime Strategy Framework Directive sets the goal of achieving ‘Good Environmental Status‘ of marine waters by 2020. MSP is viewed as one of the measures to achieve this goal. But there are still a lot of unknowns, in particular in regard to the interlinkages between habitats, species (especially fish) and the impacts of human uses. Aside from the traditional approach of establishing nature protection areas, other spatially applicable environmental measures such as the “blue corridor” concept are not yet sufficiently developed.
Title: Workshop on environmental and nature conservation issues within context of maritime spatial planning
Date: 31 October – 1 November 2013
Location: Riga, Latvia
Host: Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LHEI)
Contact: Elina Veidemane
Downloads: Agenda, Summary report of the workshop
- The Marine Strategy Framework Directive’s aim is to achieve or maintain a good environmental status by 2020 at the latest. In order to achieve this objective the EU Member States have to develop Marine Strategies with Action Plans which apply an ecosystem-based approach to the management of human activities.
- Our knowledge is not sufficient to fully understand the influence of human activities on the common marine ecosystem. That is why we need to act according to the ecosystem approach when planning human activities in the marine space, so as to maintain/achieve good environmental status (GES).
- We need to understand that human actions (e.g. waste water) on terrestrial parts of the word have a huge impact on the marine environment. An important factor of the condition of the marine environment are the rivers flowing into the Baltic Sea basin. To reach good environmental status in the sea it is important to evaluate the quality of the water in these rivers.
- Discuss the environmental problems and main policy objectives set by Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and the Habitats and Birds Directives, which could be addressed within marine spatial planning.
- Give examples of initiatives for achieving these objectives.
- Pan-Baltic stakeholders workshop on The role of Maritime Spatial Planning as a management tool for nature and environmental protection – E. Veidemane, Baltic Environmental Forum
- Introduction to the PartiSEApate project – A. Ruskule, Baltic Environmental Forum
- Ecosystem approach in Maritime Spatial Planning for achieving good environmental status - N. Blazauskas, CORPI
- BaltSeaPlan Vision 2030 – A. Schultz-Zehden, s.Pro
- An ecologically coherent network of well managed Baltic Sea Protected Areas – one cornerstone in ecosystem based marine spatial planning - Dieter Boedeker, BfN
- Baltic Sea Protected Areas and Natura 2000 - Janica Borg, HELCOM
- Blue corridors – concept – J. Aigars, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
- Role of Maritime Spatial Planning to achieve environmental objectives and targets – G. van der Meeren, Institute of Marine Research in Norway
- Baltic Sea Action Plan in MSP context – Manuel Frias, HELCOM
- Resilience and limits of environment - J. Aigars, Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
- COEXIST – Interaction in European coastal waters: A roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries, Baltic Case Study – Timo Mäkinen, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute
- Choosing conservation objectives in relation to achieving Good Environmental Status (GES) in the Belgian part of the North Sea – Bob Rumes, Ghent University, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Science & MUMM
- The ecosystem approach - J. Schmidtbauer Crona, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
- Specially protected natural territoryand Maritime spatial planning – Y. Vyazilova, NIIP Gradostroitelstva