Project – Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies

the Programme: 2014 - 2020 INTERREG V-A Finland - Estonia - Latvia - Sweden (Central Baltic)


Description (EN): The Plan4Blue project promotes sustainable planning and management of marine and coastal areas of Gulf of Finland and Archipelago Sea by developing Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) capacity with an emphasis on cross-border aspects. Presently cross-border collaboration in MSP is not active in the project area.   The project tackles the expected growth of maritime sectors to find a balance between economic, social and environmental goals. Because many of the economic activities and their impacts cross borders, planning and management requires cross-border collaboration between stakeholders and authorities. The project responds directly to goals of the programme by developing capacity in cross-border MSP in order to ensure sustainable use of common resources. Project facilitates collaboration of stakeholders and authorities to find cross-border solutions for sustainable planning and management of marine and coastal areas. The project focuses on cross-border aspects, but addresses also national and county levels as appropriate. The result will help to improve management of one marine area (Gulf of Finland) and six coastal areas as defined in the programme manual. The project’s main outputs are: -agreement on cross-border MSP objectives, planning solutions and framework for continuous  collaborationjointly produced blue growth scenarios, -spatial analysis of potentials and risks of blue growth, -guidelines for multidisciplinary analyses and stakeholder process to support MSP, -The outputs benefit the spatial planning authorities, managers and also economic actors. Cross-border MSP is novel for the area. Facilitation of a participatory process to identify sustainable solutions for blue growth creates new collaborations in the project area. Using the concept of ecosystem services as an integrative concept to bridge multidisciplinary analyses is novel aspect in MSP.
Expected Results (EN): R2.2. Share of marine and coastal areas with improved management
Expected Outputs (EN): The main results are: 1) Collaboratively produced future scenarios for blue economies to support spatial planning; 2) Improved capacity of spatial planning authorities and stakeholders to conduct MSP in cross-border settings; 3) Agreements on cross-border MSP objectives and planning solutions and especially a framework for continuous collaboration to ensure sustainable planning and management of the marine and coastal areas; 4) Improved knowledge on the economic and social potential of the blue growth (e.g. econometric modelling presented spatially); 5) Improved knowledge on the impacts of economic activities on marine and coastal ecosystems and ecosystem services, incl. opportunities to enhance ecosystem services (presented spatially); 6) Methodological guidelines to integrate economic, social and environmental analyses to support MSP and a guideline on the collaborative process in the MSP cycle. These report the methods developed, applied and tailored for the Plan4Blue context, to be used after the project in official MSP processes also outside of the project area; 7) Dissemination material and events to enlarge the project impact (e.g. leaflets, social media and video clips) The project’s MSP capacity building activities operate on the levels of existing administrative units for MSP and connects with official MSP processes, which ensures an uptake of project results for improved management of coastal and marine areas. The project addresses a marine area of Gulf of Finland in its cross-border activities. Coastal zones (cf. CB programme manual) addressed in the project are Uusimaa, South West Finland and Kymenlaakso in Finland and Harju, Lääne-Viru and Ida-Viru in Estonia. We will also collaborate with Satakunta region in Finland. The Plan4Blue reports its progress to the HELCOM-VASAB working group on MSP to engage with Baltic Sea collaboration in MSP. The project has already been presented to the HELCOM-VASAB working group and DG MARE of EU Commission.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Coastal management and maritime issues  Regional planning and development  Sustainable management of natural resources  
Specific Objective: Sustainably planned and managed marine and coastal areas
Thematic Objective: (6) preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency by:
Investment Priority: (6c) conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies
Project acronym: Plan4Blue

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2017-03-16


Project start date: 2016-10-01
Project end date: 2019-12-31
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.997.882,47
European Union funding: EUR 1.563.521,85

Project outputs

No outputs available yet.

Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Finnish Environment Insitute
Lead Partner: Suomen ympäristökeskus
Department: Freshwater Centre / Pollution Response Unit
Address: Mechelininkatu, Helsinki, Finland
Legal status: public

Department: Geography and Geology
Address: Yliopistonmäki, Luonnontieteiden talo 1, Turku, Finland
Legal status: public
Address: Esterinportti, Helsinki, Finland
Legal status: public
Department: Department of Social Work
Address: Ülikooli, Tartu, Estonia
Legal status: public
Address: Liimi, Tallinn, Estonia
Legal status: private
Department: Regional Land Use Planning
Address: Ratapihankatu, Turku, Finland
Legal status: public

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Serial number: 4
Start date: 2015-08-24
End date: 2016-04-01
Budget: EUR 0,00