The Baltic Sea Region is one of Nordregio’s four geographical focal areas. Our background has previously mainly been in research on terrestrial spatial planning, but Nordregio is becoming more and more involved in maritime issues also. On this page, you can learn about our latest projects related to maritime spatial planning.

Publications on Maritime Issues

The Lessons Learned Report is a summary and analysis of two intensive years of collaboration to achieve the set goals, joint learning and knowledge co-creation within the Pan Baltic Scope project. The report provides an account of project participants expectations, experiences and the learning processes that occurred within the project activities, including their personal reflections on the main challenges and enablers for transboundary Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region.

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The Pan Baltic Scope Synthesis Report “Lessons, Stories and Ideas on how to integrate Land-Sea Interactions into MSP” showcases how planners from the Baltic Sea have tried to tackle Land-Sea Interactions  (LSI) in countries and regions at different stages of developing marine and coastal planning. It presents experiences, challenges and enablers when integrating LSI in cross-border contexts, based on cases in Finland, Åland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Germany. This report is aimed at coastal and marine planners and experts from all institutional levels working at the land-sea interface.

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eMSP Project: Emerging ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Planning topics in North and Baltic Seas Region

The aim of the eMSP project for the North Sea and the Baltic Sea Regions is to enable Maritime Spatial Planners and policymakers to reflect on current MSP practices, to learn effectively from each other, and to collectively identify MSP challenges and solutions. This will provide new knowledge and information to national governments and the European Commission on the development and implementation of effective MSP approaches that can deal with future challenges and opportunities afforded by the sea in a coherent way and with involvement of industry, academia and non-governmental organisations. Find more about the project here.

GROM – Green transition in the Arctic

The project’s main research question is: ‘What are the driving forces behind, and what is ‘the green transition’ in relation to innovation in businesses working in sectors such as maritime industries, waste treatment and logistics in an Arctic context?’ Find out more about GROM.

Pan Baltic Scope

The objective of the project is to contribute to more coherent maritime spatial planning (MSP) strategies in the Baltic Sea region (BSR) and to build lasting macro-regional mechanisms for cross-border MSP cooperation. Find out more about Pan Baltic Scope.

BONUS BASMATI – Baltic Sea Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Ecosystem Services

BONUS BASMATI project aims to develop an innovative decision support system for maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region. The overall objectives of BONUS BASMATI are to: 1) develop integrated and innovative solutions for maritime spatial planning related to marine and coastal ecosystem services and marine protected areas, 2) develop and apply spatial decision support systems including data discovery and exchange facilities, 3) develop means for interactive multi-level, multi-stakeholder and cross-sector governance. Find out more about BONUS BASMATI.

Economic marine mapping

In this project, Nordregio, together with the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management are working on identifying and collecting socio-economic data, in order to evaluate important aspects when planning for a sustainable use of the sea. Find out more about economic marine mapping.