Leaflet about the Planning Forum explains shortly what was it about – a practical, hands-on means to deal with planning issues in the Baltic Sea Region, ensuring cross-border perspective and increased coherence. The Planning Forum supported informal collaboration and knowledge exchange between partner countries and regions, which was very much appreciated.
PlanWise4Blue is a web-based application developed during the compilation of the Estonian National Maritime Spatial Plan for improved decision-making. PlanWise4Blue combines models of marine economy and cumulative impact assessment. Such a combined model allows one to assess the economic benefits of various management scenarios along with their environmental impact across Estonian sea space. Outcomes of the model make it possible to work towards sustainable solutions to maximize the economic benefit gained from the use of marine resources with minimum damage to the environment.
This leaflet will shortly explain what is Green Infrastructure and how to map it. The Pan Baltic Scope project defines marine green infrastructure (GI) as a spatial network of ecologically valuable areas which are significant for the maintenance of ecosystems’ health and resilience, biodiversity conservation and multiple delivery of ecosystem services essential for humanwell-being. Mapping marine GI is still a novelty. The Pan Baltic Scope project has taken a challenge to develop a concept for marine GI applicable in maritime spatial planning and to test GI mapping at the Baltic Sea scale.
BASEMAPS allows you to get the overview of where the countries are in their MSP process and offers you the possibility to browse MSP designations by types and sectors.
HELCOM BASEMAPS is the result of collaboration between different projects, experts and national countries. Started in the Baltic LINes project, the development of BASEMAPS for the MSP output data was continued within the Pan Baltic Scope project. The MSP output data contains national MSP plans harmonized according to HELCOM‐VASAB Guidelines on transboundary MSP output data structure.
The cumulative impact assessment can help the planner communicate how the plan may influence on the presence of environmental pressures, and how it may impact on species and habitats.
Understanding cumulative impacts is important for screening baseline conditions in the initial planning phase, and for supporting planning decisions when comparing different alternatives.
Assessment results at the overarching level can indicate priorities for further analyses and management consideration, or analyses can be aimed to give more specific results for aspects of key concern.
Pan Baltic Scope brings together national authorities and regional organizations towards coherent national maritime planning in the Baltic Sea region and enhances the lasting macro-regional mechanisms for cross-border MSP cooperation.