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Joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group

A joint co-chaired Working Group on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), the Joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group (HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG) was launched in October 2010 by HELCOM and the Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea (VASAB) Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region (CSPD/BSR). The Working Group was established to ensure cooperation among the Baltic Sea Region countries for coherent regional Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) processes in the Baltic Sea. The decision to set up this group was made at the HELCOM Moscow Ministerial Meeting on 20 May 2010, promoted by the VASAB Ministerial Declaration on 16 October 2009 in Vilnius. 


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Meetings of the joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group take place up to three times a year. The outcomes of the meetings can be found in the HELCOM Meeting Portal​ and on the VASAB home page. The HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group follows and examines as well as makes use of the outcomes and findings of international project activities relevant to MSP, such as Plan Bothnia, BaltSeaPlan, PartiSEApate , Baltic SCOPE and more recently Baltic LINes as well as Pan Baltic Scope.

Policy Area Spatial Planning (PA Spatial Planning)

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) has attributed a prominent role to HELCOM and VASAB for the promotion of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the region, in designating both organisations as co-leads of the MSP segment of the EUSBSR’s Policy Area Spatial Planning (PA Spatial Planning).

PA Spatial Planning consists of two thematic parts, namely MSP and land based spatial planning. HELCOM and VASAB are the joint coordinators of the MSP part, with the HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group acting as its Steering Committee. The policy area seeks to encourage the use of maritime and land-based spatial planning in all member states around the Baltic Sea and develop a common approach for cross-border cooperation.


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Joacim Johannesson

Co-Chair (HELCOM)

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Co-Chair (VASAB)
currently vacant

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Penina Blankett

Vice-Chair (HELCOM)
Ministry of the Environment

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Kai Trümpler

Vice-Chair (VASAB)
BSH, Germany

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Dmitry Frank-Kamenetsky

Professional Secretary
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