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Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies (PLAN4BLUE)

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Basic project information


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The project supports growth of the marine and maritime sectors in a way that emphasizes the need to find a balance between economic, social and environmental goals.

The project activities focus on Gulf of Finland and Archipelago Sea areas covering sea areas of Estonia and Finland. Planning and management of these sea areas requires cross-border collaboration between stakeholders and authorities, because many of the economic activities in the area cross borders and have cross-border impacts. For this purpose, the project develops cross-border capacity in maritime spatial planning.


Plan4Blue brings together the key blue growth and maritime spatial planning actors from Estonia and Finland to identify pathways to sustainable use of the sea areas and resources. The collaborative process analyses economic potential of the scenarios and identifies environmental risks and management options.

Main outputs

  • Agreements on cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning objectives, planning options and a framework for continuous collaboration
  • Jointly produced Blue Economy scenarios
  • Spatial analysis of potentials and risks of Blue Economy
  • Guidelines for multidisciplinary analyses and stakeholder process to support Maritime Spatial Planning
Map of Plan4Blue project area
Map of Plan4Blue project area
Photo: Plan4Blue

Work packages


  • Finnish Environment Institute (Environmental Policy Centre, Marine Research Centre and Communications Unit)
  • University of Tartu (Estonian Marine Institute and School of Economics and Business Administration)
  • University of Turku (Centre for Maritime Studies, Turku School of Economics, Department of Geography and Geology)
  • Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council
  • Regional Council of Southwest Finland
  • Baltic Environment Forum Estonia

Associated partners

  • The Ministry of Finance, Estonia   
  • Harju County administration, Estonia
  • Ida-Viru County administration, Estonia
  • Lääne-Viru County administration, Estonia

More information:

Project coordinator Riku Varjopuro, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, phone +358 295 251 725,

In Estonian:
Mereruumi jätkusuutliku sinimajanduse planeerimine (PLAN4BLUE)

In Russian:
Обеспечение устойчивого «синего роста» с помощью морского пространственного планирования (PLAN4BLUE)

Published 2017-06-21 at 11:57, updated 2017-12-14 at 11:15

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