Project – ICZM Plans for Sustaining Coastal and Marine Human-ecological Networks in the Baltic Region

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


Description (EN): Main purpose of the SustainBaltic project is to improve the share of the managed coastal networks in the Central Baltic area by increasing the cross-border planning, preparing and co-evaluation of the ICZM plans in order to ensure that sea-land interfaces are preserved and further developed. This is achieved by 1) Integrating extensive multidisciplinary human-ecological data on the whole project area into GIS analyses (e.g. Zonation); 2) Selecting four case study areas from Estonia and Finland based on indicator results of spatial data; 3) Making four digital ICZM plans for these case areas - two in Estonia and two in Finland. Prepared plans are first tested with the current regional land use of the project area; 4) Thereafter, the plans are assessed by using both e-platforms and arranging working group sessions of stakeholders and end users directed by the project members; 5) As final results of the project the updated completed ICZM plans are to be downloaded from the websites of the SustainBaltic organisations, also beyond the project life span. In addition, the methodological and co-working procedures with their public interim results as a work flow chart i.e. an e-guide, is to be e-published. The novelty approach of SustainBaltic is on the close co-working in order to define the most crucial planning criteria for the ICZM plans to be utilised and implemented further in CB area. The improved management of coastal and maritime areas by ICZM planning supports more public discussion with a participatory evaluation between end users of planning organisations, nature and environmental management sectors, primary industries, as well other business industries and general public with open communication. This leads towards more integrated planning and to the enhancement of sustainability in the use of natural and human resources in the Central Baltic region.
Expected Results (EN): R2.2. Share of marine and coastal areas with improved management
Expected Outputs (EN): SustainBaltic improves the management of marine and coastal areas by: 1) Producing four case ICZM plans in Finland (2) and Estonia (2), and an e-guide i.e. a work flow chart for the regional level planners in the CB area. This is verified by the number of jointly targeted planning and management activities and events in Estonia and Finland. 2) Increasing the cross-border cooperation between the regional level planners in Estonia and Finland by workshops and Skype meetings. The regional level planners involved in the project will do close cooperation by making ICZM plans and testing those to the current regional level land use plans in Finland and Estonia. In addition, regional councils in Finland and Estonia are well represented in the steering group of SustainBaltic, thus supporting project members in the ICZM testing phase. Furthermore, the steering group has a guiding role in the participatory processes when the case plans are evaluated in the stakeholder workshops and by using e-platforms. After the project has ended, the plans will be monitored by the regional councils that are responsible for maritime and coastal planning in their areas. 3) Enhancing the ways how different kind of stakeholders (e.g. environmental protection agencies, enterprisers such as fishermen and tourist guides, farmers, summer cottage owners, business related industries etc.) take part into the ICZM planning. The purpose is that all major stakeholders as end users of case plans - are represented with a power of giving feedback on the drafts of the plans in the participatory phase. 4) Dissemination of the data integration visualisations is arranged in seminar in EST (wp T1.2) and the completed ICZM plans in FIN (wp T1.5) besides with public forums such as social media and the project website. The experiences on ICZM planning as the practical output is to be benefitted by the European planners and ordinary residents as well, also beyond the project life span.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Coastal management and maritime issues  Regional planning and development  
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): ICZM Plans for Sustaining Coastal and Marine Human-ecological Networks in the Baltic Region
Project acronym: SustainBaltic

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2017-03-15


Project start date: 2016-09-01
Project end date: 2019-02-28
Project status: Ongoing

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.308.229,48
European Union funding: EUR 1.023.763,48

Project documents

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): Turun yliopisto
Lead Partner: Turun yliopisto
Department: Geography and Geology
Address: Yliopistonmäki, Luonnontieteiden talo 1, Turku, Finland
Legal status: public

Department: Freshwater Centre / Pollution Response Unit
Address: Mechelininkatu, Helsinki, Finland
Legal status: public
Department: Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School
Address: Narva road, Tallinn, Estonia
Legal status: public
Department: Department of Landscape Management and Nature Conservation, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Address: Kreutzwaldi, Tartu, Estonia
Legal status: public
Department: Regional land use planning
Address: Pohjoisranta, Pori, Finland
Legal status: public
Department: Arengu- ja Planeeringuosakond
Address: F. R. Kreutzwaldi, Rakvere, Estonia
Legal status: public

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