Research

Project description

As a project partner in PartiSEApate, Region Skåne has contracted with WMU to assist in developing models on how multi‐level governance can be realized in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) within the Pomeranian Bight (SE, DE, PL). Through VASAB (Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea) with the Maritime Institute Gdansk as the leading partner, 9 project partners will cooperate to test and develop instruments for multi‐level governance, leading to recommendations. With expanding activities,
such as offshore wind energy parks and growing shipping traffic, an increasing number of users are competing for a share of limited space in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The maritime economy is one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe and has led to MSP as a new tool for coordinating spatial use and balancing of interests in the sea. Because MSP is a new policy instrument, relatively little practical experience and samples exist on how to satisfy requirements, such as land‐sea integration, transnational consultation, ecosystem based approach, and stakeholder participation, all of which play a role in a sustainable MSP. The objective of PartiSEApate is to provide an overview on MSP structures across the BSR, to develop a pan‐Baltic approach, and to develop a concept for an MSP institutional and governance model for transnational cooperation, agreements, and data exchange. The results from PartiSEApate will form the basis for decisions to be made at the VASAB ministerial conference to be held in Tallinn in December 2014.

Principal Investigator

Olof Lindén

Professor, Nippon Chair in Marine Environmental Management, Dr. Linden also holds a part time professorship in Coastal Management at the University of Kalmar.

Project Officer

Henrik Nilsson

Henrik joined WMU in 2010 and has been involved in a project focusing on transboundary water management. The particular focus has been on the Öresund between Sweden and Denmark where he, together with local and regional stakeholders, develops a Marine Spatial Plan for the Sound that illustrates increasing competing interest for the sea space.

Jonas Pålsson

Dr Jonas Pålsson graduated in marine biology from Lund university in Sweden 2005, specialising in marine monitoring and sensory biology. He worked with water sampling for ALcontrol Laboratories in Sweden and Denmark between 2007 and 2009. In 2009, he joined World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden, as a Research Assistant in the Maritime Environmental Research (MER) Group.