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Final conference of maritime spatial planning project Plan4Blue

Final conference 4–5 June 2019

Conference programme (pdf, 1 MB)

Remarks of Riku Varjopuro, project leader from Finnish Environment institute

Riku Varjopuro, Finnish Environment Institute
Riku Varjopuro, Finnish Environment Institute
Riku Varjopuro, Finnish Environment Institute

“In the first plenary session were heard about the recent developments in MSP processes of Estonia and Finland. Both countries organise public hearing and events that are possibilities to influence the plans. In the first day we had also a presentation of Plan4Blue as a project and Ms. Angela Schultz-Zehden gave an interesting presentation on the history of MSP and she also emphasised the importance to look at to future – to the situation when the plans are in place in 2021.

The concluding plenary session focussed then discussing the take home messages and the coming years. Importance of practical, continuous collaboration was raised for instance in comments received via Screen.io platform. The discussion can be summarised with a quotation: “MSP is something that develops all the time. The more we do it, the better we get at it, and MSP will not end in 2021.”

Dr. Andreas Kannen’s keynote speech during the concluding plenary introduced a new perspective to MSP. He presented methods and results of research on socio-cultural aspects of MSP.”

Plenary presentations of session 1

Plenary presentations of session 2

Plan4Blue group
Participants in the final conference meeting of Plan4Blue project in June 2019

Parallel sessions for the themes:

  • Blue economy and economic analysis - Riitta Pöntynen:
    Our process with the alternative future scenarios for sustainable blue economies aimed to support visionary thinking in planning. Recommendations will focus on stakeholder participation, cross-border and cross-sectoral co-operation, and on data on blue economies.
  • Ecosystem-based approach to MSP - Robert Aps:
    We discussed how ecosystem components should be included into MSP process. Participants learned how to use bow-tie as a helpful method and instrument for structuring varied and multi-faceted information from different levels into a transparent, logical and defendable framework.
  • Spatial analysis of socioeconomic-environmental interactions - Harri Tolvanen:
    We discussed recent progress and future prospects for GIS in MSP. The session focused on knowledge creation by participatory mapping methods, and the evaluation of marine nature protection. The project staff introduced the Plan4Blue map production processes. The session also dealt with spatial analysis of co-location, and crossing administrative and land-sea boundaries. The new Plan4Blue cross-border spatial analysis book was presented in detail.
  • Cross-border collaboration in MSP - Riku Varjopuro:
    It was concluded that the purposes for collaboration should be on exchange of experiences and learning, but also more concrete such as efficient use of resources and coordination of infrastructure projects. The group discussions suggested organisation of frequent cross-border or even pan-Baltic forums to follow progress in implementation of MSP and to enhance stakeholder engagement.”
Published 2019-06-20 at 10:54, updated 2019-07-09 at 15:38
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