Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Baltic Sea Region

Funding programme:
Total budget:
€ 3 M
Project duration:

Maritime policy and blue growth

The INTERREG III B BSR BaltCoast project originated from the 5th Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning and Development in the Baltic Sea Region and was a part of the “VASAB 2010 Spatial Development Action Programme”.

For first time in the Baltic Sea Region, Baltcoast:
  • Integrated the needs for development with those for protection
  • Included all types of coastal areas, e.g. areas of intensive tourism, urban expansion areas, infrastructure development areas etc.
  • Equally included off-shore and land-side coastal areas
  • Linked the project oriented approach with the process of statutory spatial planning in widening the participation to all public and private actors that could contribute

With a total budget of nearly 3 Million EUR the project comprised 17 sub-projects implemented by 22 national, regional and local authorities plus two scientific institutes and one non-governmental organisation from seven BSR countries. Project activities implemented between 2002 and 2005 included:

Identifying and solving use conflicts in offshore areas in the BSR:
  • Preparation of inventory of off-shore uses and conflicts in the BSR
  • Elaboration of a transnational use strategy for offshore areas in the BSR

Identifying and solving use conflicts in specific coastal in land areas such as:
  • Sensitive lagoon and wetland areas (especially solving conflicts between tourism and nature protection through the use of zoning by time and space),
  • Urban areas (especially solving conflicts between urban expansion and nature protection by definition of combined strategies)

Implementation of existing regional programmes and concepts for using and protecting coastal zone areas:
  • Discussion of different approaches and elucidation of similarities
  • Elaboration of common recommendations for ICZM in the BSR leading to institutional and procedural changes in the participating countries.