The aim of the three-year project is to increase knowledge and skills at the local, regional and industry levels among the labour force engaged in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the south Baltic Sea countries (Germany, Sweden, Poland and Lithuania). The project will assess the challenges that administrations are facing today in implementing MSP and develop a capacity building programme that will provide training on selected subjects within the framework of MSP. The project phases include assessment, development, and implementation of the MSP training.
Environmental Impact of Maritime Activities
Ocean and coastal resources are essential for the survival of many species, as well as for nations’ economies, food security, health and culture. The combined effects of human activity and climate change are pushing many coastal areas to their tipping point. Once this point is reached any changes are irreversible.
The North Sea is both an environmental asset and a source for value generation for different maritime sectors. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is a tool to help balance the often competing user interests as well as environmental protection aims. However, MSP can only be effective, if national Maritime Spatial Plans are coordinated and not contradictory. A lack of MSP coordination leads to spatial inefficiencies, higher costs for maritime industries and compromised environmental objects.
Development and delivery of training package on the practical aspects of Risk Assessment (RA) and Port Biological Baseline Surveys (PBBS) related to the implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention:
The main objective of this project is the development of a programme and training materials and delivery of an interactive 2-day training workshop on the practical aspects of Risk Assessment (RA) and Port Biological Baseline Surveys (PBBS) related to the implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.
As part of the activities to the HELCOM project "Assessment of Maritime Activities in the Baltic Sea", the HELCOM Secretariat has contracted the World Maritime University as consultant to draft a report on the future trends of maritime activities and their environmental impacts in the Baltic Sea. The focus of the report will be on shipping.
The objectives of this project (Study on international best practices for cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning -MSP) are:
1. Establish a detailed inventory of MSP implementation in the world;
2. Explore four case studies of MSP implementation in order to identify best practices in relation to the requirements of Directive 2014/89/EU;
3. Prepare recommendations on the format, scope and added-value of international cooperation on MSP;
The MARPART2-MAN project focuses on cross-border knowledge transfer of best-practice managerial skills between education and training institutions and the national crisis preparedness systems in the High North.
The objective of this project is to contribute to relief support and efficient cross-border cooperation through knowledge transfer and preparedness system. As well as to a tailor-made education and to a more goal-oriented and cost-efficient training and exercise schemes.
Research and Assessment of International Policies, Measures and Strategies Relating to Abandoned Vessels (PROTRAAV)
The project will entail a comparative study of abandoned vessel management systems including awareness strategies and quantitative analysis of surveys of a number of nations including the member states of the European Union.
Ships need ballast water for their stability, manoeuvrability and safety. The down-side to ballast water is that it contains bacteria, algae and animals from the place of its intake, and these microscopic organisms may be introduced at the port of ballast water discharge where they may cause devastating harm to the local ecosystem, economy, and human health.