Workshop: Maritime Spatial Planning as Tool for Underwater Cultural Heritage Management

The preservation of cultural heritage has been identified as an issue for which currently no BSR country has developed sufficient planning policies regarding its maritime space. A particularly hot topic is the research and protection of ship wrecks, which bear high historical and scientific value.

Date: 3-4 June 2013
Location: Riga, Latvia
Host: Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia (BEF)
Contact: Ilze Kalvane, +371 6735 7553
Downloads: Agenda, Summary report of the workshop


  • The cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea is a unique asset representing the common history and identity of the Baltic Sea Region.
  • Preservation of the cultural heritage has become an essential policy planning issue regarding maritime space in the Baltic Sea Region.
  • Emerging public interest in underwater heritage calls for solutions on how to balance its protection, research, security aspects and tourism potential.
  • Appropriate approaches for reflection of sea related cultural heritage in MSP shall be discussed and agreed on at Pan-Baltic level.


  • Initiate transnational and multi-sectorial discussions on MSP establishment as a management tool for underwater cultural heritage at Pan-Baltic level.