Round table on «Maritime Spatial Planning as a tool to preserve marine environment» took place during XIX International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day” in St. Petersburg, March 22 -23, 2018.
The goal with the round table was promotion of transboundary dialogue and Ecosystem Components in MSP.
The first session was dedicated to the transboundary principles of MSP and national features of implementation – Towards the MSPs coherent across borders.
The round table was opened by presentation of HELCOM roadmap on MSP in the BS region and its implementation progress.
Regional activities on MSP in the Baltic Sea region was presented by Tālis Linkaits, VASAB
Andrei Lappo, ErmakNW made an introduction into situation with MSP in Russia with presentation State of the MSP in BSR and further plans
Situation with MSP of Swedish waters introduced Tomas Andersson, Senior Analyst from SWAM.
Tiina Tihlman from the Ministry of the Environment of Finland presented thier experience in transboundary context of implementation. MSP dialog in the Gulf of Finland, Estonia/Finland/Russia.
The session was closed by Prof. Jana Blinovskaya from The Far-Eastern Federal University, Russia who made presentation on MSP in the interfaced Barents and Baltic’s waters: implementation of the commitments, problems and perspectives.
Second session was focused on strengthening the ecosystem based approach in MSP.
Ecosystem components for MSP was introduced by Kirsi Kostamo from Finnish Environment Institute, Marine research center.
Prof. Jacek Zaucha from Maritime Institute presented “MSP of Polish waters – national and transboundary consultations”.
MSP for a Sustainable Blue Economy was introdused by Metta Wiese from WWF Sweden.
Interregional cooperation session was the third one which closed the first day of the Forum.
Dr. Mustafa Yucel from the Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences in Turkey made a presentation on MSP in None-EU Part of the Black Sea.