The pilot plan
The PLAN BOTHNIA project was a Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) preparatory action for the Baltic Sea. Through such MSP the future of a wide variety of issues like maritime traffic, fisheries, wind power and nature protection are planned together, instead of considering them one at a time.
An pioneering feature is that the initiative has, with good results, been carried out jointly by the two countries. It used the Bothnian Sea area between Sweden and Finland as a Baltic Sea case study to provide Europe and the word at large an example of a state of the art transboundary MSP.
The final result is a MSP plan document “Planning the Bothnian Sea” which was created as a collective effort by six partners and numerous participants from regional and national authorities in Sweden and Finland, coordinated by the project Lead Partner, the HELCOM Secretariat.
The plan publication has been peer reviewed by five international experts on MSP. In addition to the plan itself you can find their commentaries in the publication, reflecting the findings of Plan Bothnia in light of recent developments elsewhere -in areas like Canada & US, Australia, Southern Europe, and the UK.
In addition to being a state of the art example of transboundary MSP the project has made efforts to make the plan documents accessible, inspiring and even beautiful.
The print version of Planning the Bothnian Sea, released in 2012, was selected “Book of the Year” and also won the price of the best publication out of 199 in the Design and Print Awards 2012 competition in Finland.