MSP Guidelines

According to the Regional Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Roadmap 2013-2020, guidelines on the transboundary consultations and cooperation, public participation and ecosystem approach are to be drafted and adopted by 2015 and applied by 2018.


The Guideline for the implementation of ecosystem-based approach in MSP in the Baltic Sea area presents a first step towards a common understanding on how the ecosystem-based approach can be applied in drawing up a spatial plan for a sea area in accordance with spatial planning legislation in force in the Baltic Sea countries. The Guideline has been prepared and agreed on by the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group and was adopted by the 72nd meeting of VASAB CSPD/BSR on 8 June 2016 and approved by HELCOM HOD 50-2016 on 15-16 June 2016.


The Guidelines on transboundary consultations, public participation and co-operation cover the following topics:
  • consultations between MSP authorities of neighbouring countries and/or those countries directly affected by MSP and the related public participation process that should take place concerning transboundary aspects during the process of drafting a maritime spatial plan.
  • cooperation between MSP authorities at pan-Baltic scale on issues affecting most or all of the Baltic Sea and/or the level involving most or all BSR countries as well as the process foreseen to ensure effective stakeholder engagement at a more strategic level.

The Guidelines on transboundary consultations, public participation and co-operation have been prepared and agreed on by the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group and were adopted by the 72nd meeting of VASAB CSPD/BSR on 8 June 2016. The Guidelines were approved by HELCOM HOD 50-2016 on 15-16 June 2016.

THE COVER NOTE
The Guidelines:
  • apply without prejudice to obligations emerging from national and international legislation and do not substitute the obligations and existing standard practice of parties to the Espoo Convention and its SEA protocol;
  • will be reviewed and amended, if needed, based on the experience gathered;
  • refer to the national MSP contact points for the purpose of transboundary consultation and joint planning, as designated by the Baltic Sea countries and listed.