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Newsletter #2

Documentation of the
BaltSeaPlan External Event - Klaipeda

Klaipeda, Lithuanian, 12th May 2010


On behalf of one of the host partners, the Baltic Environment Forum of Lithuania (BEF LT), Zymantas Morkvenason opened the Klaipeda External Event.

Dr. Nico Nolte made an introductory presentation that covered the following aspects:
  • Competing Activities using the sea space
  • Traditional activities and trends of new uses
  • Need for Maritime Spatial Planning
  • Policy Context of Maritime Spatial Planning - MSP
  • What is a MSP?
  • Introduction to the BaltSeaPlan Project and how this project can help to implement MSP

1. National Integrated Maritime Strategies for Planning and Coordinating Maritime Development

Jacek Zaucha, Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Poland
“Recommendations for National Maritime Policies from Spatial Planning Point of View”

The BaltSeaPlan National Strategies team is assessing the exiting policies and trends within each country that affect the coast and the sea space development/use and putting together recommendations for National Maritime Policies in order to make possible Maritime Spatial Planning.

The presentation from Jacek Zaucha explained:
  • Why this policy assessment is needed and the procedures to undertaken this assessment
  •  Result of the compilation and analysis of the existing policies
  •  Example of Lithuanian: Policies potentially affecting the development of the sea space, driving forces
  • Comparison of the driving forces for 4 project partners (Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Germany)
  • Visual example of the cumulative effects of the policies/targets of different countries
  • Example of the spatial conflicts related with specific policies
  • Example of cross border co-operation
  • Examples of recommendations

Dr. Nerijus Blazauskas, Coastal Research and Planning Institute – Lithuania
“Maritime Administration and Management in Lithuania”

The presentation covered the following themes:
  • Main Driving Forces:          
           -Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union
           -EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region MSP
  • MSP Cycle: Step-by-Step
  • MSP team organization/institutional capacity assessment
          -Assessment of institutional capacity
          -Assessment of existing legal framework needed to implement MSP
          -Identification of needed and potentially available financial resources
          -Set up the team for MSP implementation
          -Development of MSP work plan

2. Maritime Spatial Planning and Administration in Practice

Ms. Asta Raugaliene, Klaipeda County Administration, Lithuania

“Reflection of maritime issues in Klaipeda county development plan and challenges of its implementation after reform of the Klaipeda County Administration”

This presentation covered the following aspects of the Comprehensive Plan of Klaipeda County:
  • Legal background of the plan preparation
  • Phases of the plan preparation
  • Solutions of the Comprehensive Plan of the Territory of Klaipeda County.
  • Concretized solutions for the 10 years period
  • Important solutions for Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Andrzej Cieslak, Maritime office in Gdynia, Poland

“Administrative Structure and Maritime Affairs in Poland: Activities, experiences and challenges”
This presentation described the Polish structure and covered the following aspects:
  • The area
  • The Basic Concept
  • The main Legal Basis
  • Main Legal Solutions
  • Scope of Activity
  • Main Legal Solution in terms of Spatial Planning
  • Other Decision Making
  • Pilot Maritime Spatial Plan for Puck Bay
  • Main Improvements of the Law in terms of Spatial Planning

Nico Nolte, German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency - BSH

“Role of the BSH in helping, controlling and fostering the marine related development”
The presentation covered the following issues:
  • BSH Infrastructure and Fields of Activity
  • Maritime Uses – Approval of Offshore Activities
  • Background for Maritime Spatial Plan (MSP). MSP example for the Exclusive Economic Zone - EEZ
  • The German Spatial Planning for the EEZ. German EEZ – Uses, activities and nature conservation
  • Shipping and military training areas. Platforms, pipelines, cables, sediment extraction
  • Baltic Sea: Existing and Perspective Uses and Nature Conservation
  • MSP example for the EEZ – Goals, Guidelines, Regulations, tools
  • Starting Points for Maritime Spatial Planning in Practice
  • International Cooperation

Raimonda Liutkeviciene – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Chair CBSS group – Lithuania

“Maritime Policy from point of view of CBSS Expert Group on Maritime Policy”
The CBSS Expert Group on Maritime Policy has the overall aim of Positioning the Baltic Sea Region as a European model region for maritime best practice and for a balanced co-existence of a successful maritime economy and adequate protection of the marine ecosystem. In this context the group anticipated the following tasks:
  • Compile and inventory of regional stakeholders and existing regional structures and networks of maritime cooperation.
  • Develop a virtual communication plataform on maritime policy in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Initiate a maritime economy cluster in the Baltic Sea region
  • Intiate a network for marine science
  • Propose and accompany cross –sector pilot projects in ,maritime policy within the framework of transnational cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Examine and Propose measures to raise awarness of model maritime projects and products
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This project is part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)
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