Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

MSP Principles

The HELCOM-VASAB Baltic Sea Broad–scale Maritime Spatial Planning Principles​ were adopted by HELCOM and VASAB in the end of 2010, fulfilling the commitment set out in the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan on creating MSP principles.

The following ten principles provide guidance for achieving better coherence in the development of MSP systems in the Baltic Sea Region:

  1. Sustainable management
  2. Ecosystem approach
  3. Long term perspective and objectives
  4. Precautionary Principle
  5. Participation and Transparency
  6. High quality data and information basis
  7. Transnational coordination and consultation
  8. Coherent terrestrial and maritime spatial planning
  9. Planning adapted to characteristics and special conditions at different areas
  10.  Continuous planning