Sustainable Maritime Spatial Planning in Stockholm

The eMSP NBSR project – Emerging Ecosystem-Based Maritime Spatial Planning Topics in the North and Baltic Sea Regions, is making waves in the realm of maritime spatial planning (MSP) with two crucial gatherings scheduled in Stockholm next week.

The project, which unites national and regional authorities, research organizations, and intergovernmental cooperations from the North and Baltic Sea Regions, aims to address climate change and achieve climate-neutrality targets through MSP.

Recommendations for MSP authorities and stakeholders

On September 20-21, stakeholders of the eMSP NBSR project will convene for a high-impact Policy Brief & Synthesis Workshop at Nordregio. This interactive session will focus on the outcomes of the five Learning Strands and horizontal themes, including Climate Change and the EU Green Deal. The event will focus on the development of policy briefs, and feature stimulating presentations by renowned external experts, from VASAB, among others. VASAB is an intergovernmental multilateral co-operation of the Baltic Sea Region in spatial planning and development.

The Community of Practice (CoP) model helps to facilitate collaboration among policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. Through CoPs, the project’s Learning Strands focus on critical maritime spatial planning areas, incorporating science, innovation, and expertise in the following five key emerging topics:

  • Ocean governance
  • Ecosystem-based approach
  • Sustainable blue economy
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Data sharing, information, and communication technology in support of MSP

During the Stockholm workshop, the Learning Strands will get the chance to develop their work and collaboration – promising interesting discussions and insights.

A Prelude to Innovation: Community of Practice on Sustainable Blue Economy

The collaboration will kick off on September 19 with a “Community of Practice on Sustainable Blue Economy.” This session, dedicated to exploring multi-use strategies and policy recommendations for a sustainable blue economy in the North and Baltic seas, will employ marine spatial planning and legislation as tools for progress. Building on insights from previous Community of Practice meetings, this gathering will present a policy brief. This document compiles numerous recommendations drawn from earlier discussions and will serve as a focal point for deliberations during the event.

During the Stockholm CoP meeting, participants will scrutinize the validity of these recommendations and provide valuable input to enhance their effectiveness.

What is the eMSP NBSR project?

eMSP NBSR is a project in the quest for sustainable maritime spatial planning, tackling the challenges of climate change and the pursuit of a greener future with unwavering dedication..

The project has a multifaceted aim, including promoting coherence in maritime policy and spatial plans in the North and Baltic Sea Regions. It also strives to enhance the development of maritime spatial planning (MSP) to address current and future challenges, bolster the capacity of responsible authorities, facilitate cross-border collaboration, and offer practical solutions for pressing issues. Ultimately, eMSP NBSR aims to establish a mechanism that supports collaborative MSP approaches during implementation, aligning with the goals of the European Green Deal and other EU initiatives.

Stay tuned for updates on the outcomes by following eMSP on social media: Twitter/X, LinkedIn, and the project website.