Maritime Spatial Planning is a relatively new tool. It is comparable to spatial (physical) planning on land, but the specific nature of the sea adds complexity to its process.

Because of the many interconnections between land and sea, MSP considers terrestrial and marine space as equally important.

MSP borrows a range of soft tools taken from Integrated Coastal Sea Management (ICZM), such as: intensive stakeholder involvement, ecosystem approach or the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

The Chance

In the Baltic Sea Region only Germany and Poland have practical experience with spatial planning on the sea. No other BSR country has adopted a legal basis for such planning yet.

This is a challenge, but at the same time a chance to create a joint understanding as a basis for developing, introducing and implementing maritime spatial planning throughout the Baltic Sea in a coherent manner.