MSP and Marine Multi-Use

A national workshop on Marine Multi-use and Marine Spatial Planning was held in Helsinki in October 2023 as part of the eMSP NBSR project. The workshop was the fourth and final in a series of national sustainable blue economy workshops. The theme of the day were marine multi-use areas, MariParks, where actors from different maritime sectors work side by side or in cooperation and exploit marine resources in a sustainable way. MariParks aim to promote sustainable blue economy and the good environmental status of the sea. The Baltic Sea-North Sea MSP collaboration project eMSP NBSR has envisaged multi-use areas as a solution to the ever-increasing pressures on the seas.

The European Union sees maritime spatial planning as a key instrument for achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal in marine areas. The objectives include among others promoting sustainable marine food production, mitigating climate change, and protecting and restoring marine biodiversity. The workshop focused on exploring the potential of MariParks in contributing to the objectives in Finnish sea areas. Some other topics discussed during the day included the role of MSP in promoting multi-use areas, the concept’s governance framework and concrete steps to actively coordinate the activities of different sectors. In 2024, the work on marine multi-use and its links to the objectives of the European Green Deal will be further analysed through the MSP-GREEN project.

Read more from the workshop report: Marine multi-use and MSP 10102023 workshop report

You can also get a glimpse into the workshop and an introduction to MariParks through a video produced during the day. The subtitles FI, SV and EN are available in the Settings menu. The video was produced by Elias Koskinen.

Earlier reflections on MariParks by Anne Nummela, MSP planner and Regional Engineer from the Regional Council of Satakunta, can be read here.

The workshop is part of the eMSP NBSR project. The project brings together maritime spatial planning authorities from the Baltic and North Sea areas with the aim of building cross-border dialogue. The workshop is part of the Belgian-led Sustainable Blue Economy learning strand,