Plan Bothnia steaming ahead – Planning meeting 3 and Dissemination event 1 completed!24/10/2011 at 16:33 | Posted in meeting | Leave a comment
Tags: assessment, helcom, helsinki, maps, meeting, planning, secretariat
Last week Wednesday and Thursday (October 19. & 20.) the Plan Bothnia project organised its third MSP planning meeting (Plan Bothnia MSP3). Over thirty participants from regional and national authorities in Sweden and Finland attended the meeting hosted by the project lead partner HELCOM Secretariat (Helsinki, Finland). The participants had available map and text material pre-compiled by the Plan Bothnia partners on the different human activities and natural features.
Armed by maps, pens and transparent paper the participants filled the HELCOM office with creativity and enthusiasm. During the two days the participants worked hands-on in groups divided according to the different activities taking place in the Bothnian Sea. This work contributed to finalising a set of interest maps for planning purposes. The final results will be made available through the project map service as well as the Bothnian Sea MSP Assessment to be submitted to EU Commission (DG MARE) by February 2012.
The final interest maps, alongside background maps on physical features and various sectoral targets/objectives, will be the necessary material for the process of drafting MSP plans to be drafted during remaining 2011. Results will be submitted to the next MSP meeting, to take place 25.-26. January in Sweden, further details of which will be announced later.
The MSP 3 meeting in Helsinki provided for intensive discussions as well as new insights into the activities and interactions taking place in the planning area. Especially many interactions seem to take place in the banks area in the South-West (Swedish waters), South-East part along the Finnish and Åland coast, as well as within the two Quarks in the northern and southern extremity of the basin. The activities within these areas require particularly close scruting.
In September 27th the Project held also an open dissemination event attended by nearly thirty interested participants from seven different Baltic Sea countries. The participants were presented the present status and achievements of the project. This included the map service and the collected GIS data as well as the consultancy study on MSP best practices and minimum requirements presently under drafting by Mr. Jacek Zaucha and Mr. Bernhard Heindrichs.
These two meetings have worked as important milestones and created solid ground for the final phase of the project, focusing on drafting a Plan Bothnia MSP plan. This will enroll during the remaining seven months of the project. The excitement is really getting denser and the project products more beautiful… so it is worth to keep tuned to Plan Bothnia!