Meeting of the OSPAR Working Group on the Environmental Impact of Human Activities (EIHA)

Brest, France,  3 – 5th November 2009

The 2009 meeting of the Working Group on Environmental Impact of Human Activities (EIHA) was held from 3 – 5 November 2009 at the Centre d’Etudes Techniques Maritimes et Fluviales (CETMEF) near Brest, at the kind invitation of the French Government.

Nico Nolte of BSH gave a presentation on maritime spatial planning in the German EEZ and the legal ordinance for the North Sea. The presentation is available on the OSPAR website as EIHA 09/6/Info. In this connection, Mr Nolte informed about the INTERRG IV B project BaltSeaPlan introducing maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea with the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency as Lead Partner.

Further on the meeting the preparation of a combined map showing marine spatial plans from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, under the lead of the Netherlands, has been announced. This map should:
  • indicate the different national MSP traditions;
  • provide an example of possible benefits in transboundary MSP cooperation;
  • help to identify possible cross border issues.