BaltSeaPlan Final Conference

Berlin, Germany, 12th January 2012

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) has become a widely acknowledged and necessary tool for co-ordinating spatial use and balancing of interests in the sea. In view of increasing needs to protect the marine environment and at the same time expanding activities such as offshore wind energy parks and growing shipping traffic such systematic, integrative and forward-looking planning is required in order to safeguard the sustainable development of the oceans.

Among the numerous developments on MSP at European level as well as its regions, states and maritime areas, the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) can certainly claim to be the pioneer among European sea regions in the field of MSP. But also here MSP is far from being established practice and many more steps need to be undertaken.

The conference aimed to show and trigger discussions on latest MSP developments at policy as well as implementation level within the European Commission and the Baltic Sea Region. It was attended by about 170 participants including maritime spatial planning experts and decision makers around all European countries.

The programme encompassed:

a) speeches from key note speakers:
> MdB Enak Ferlemann, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), “Maritime Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development of the Sea - Examples from Germany”
> Ina-Maria Ulbrich, , Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and State Development, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, "Maritime Spatial Planning in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
and its international dimension"
> Haitze Siemers, DG Mare, Head of Unit “Maritime Policy Baltic & North Sea”, EU initiatives on MSP
> Anita Mäkinen, Helcom-VASAB Working Group on Maritime Spatial Planning, “MSP in the BSR”
> Nico Nolte, BSH, “The BaltSeaPlan Spatial Vision 2030”

b) Panel Discussion “The Baltic Sea – a model region for MSP?”
with key experts/representatives from responsible ministries on MSP from Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and European Commission

c) presentations & discussions on practical instruments on MSP

> How to cover fishery in MSP?
> New ways of approaching MSPs for transboundary areas
> Stakeholder involvement methods
> Introduction to suitable MSP models, BSR data exchange

Please see bellow the presentation

Reception and Dinner
The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency – BSH, lead partner of BaltSeaPlan, has invited the participants to take part in a reception to be held in the DINOSAUR HALL at the Museum für Naturkunde on the 11th of January 2012, as well as for a dinner that was held on the 12th of January 2012 in Habel Weinkultur.