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BALTSPACE Deliverable: D1.2: Final Guidance Document on Analysing Possibilities and Challenges for MSP Integration
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science. (BONUS BALTSPACE)
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science. (BONUS BALTSPACE)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8536-373X
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material-und Küstenforschung GmbH. (BONUS BALTSPACE)
Aarhus University. (BONUS BALTSPACE)
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BONUS BALTSPACE Deliverable D1.2: Possibilities and Challenges for MSP Integration (English)
Abstract [en]

This report makes a case for examining the role of integration and its links to how

sustainable development is variably expressed in different marine spatial planning (MSP)

contexts. The aim of the report is to refine an analytical approach to examine integration

in MSP in the Baltic Sea through consideration of preliminary empirical results from a

broad range of case studies. MSP is conceptualised here as a governance platform for

improving processes to enable political decision-making with the aim to achieve

sustainable development of marine space. Integration is universally espoused as a

means to address a variety of challenges closely related to MSP’s sustainable

development ambitions, such as supporting inter-sectoral decision-making, stakeholder

engagement and cross-border interaction, but its role, value and implementation in MSP

has not been examined in any empirical detail. Although increased integration may well

have positive effects on MSP processes and outcomes, in some instances, the contrary

might also be the case. With these thoughts in mind, this report argues that we need to

analyse integration as a multidimensional concept in MSP processes and outcomes.

Based on understandings of integration derived from MSP experience and concepts in the

broader social science literature, an analytical framework is developed to examine MSP

practice in the Baltic Sea. Integration is conceptualised as including

transboundary/cross-border, policy/sectoral, stakeholder and knowledge dimensions.

Despite common requirements under the European Union MSP Directive and policies,

national jurisdictions are likely to adopt MSP differently, which has implications for the

role integration is likely to play in national and transnational MSP practice. Drawing on

empirical data derived from national MSP studies, stakeholder dialogue forums and

preliminary interviews with stakeholders the analytical framework is applied to examine

how particular integration challenges play out in both national and transnational marine

space across the Baltic Sea Region. The analytical framework is then used to structure

an examination of several case studies from different parts of the Baltic Sea Region.

Based on consideration of the empirical work and an analyses of previous experiences in

science and practice we then propose some revisions to the initial analytical framework

presented earlier. The revised analytical framework, while capturing the integration

dimensions mentioned earlier, also includes consideration of the following aspects of

integration: how ‘balance’ between sustainable development dimensions is exercised;

the character of cross-boundary interactions; and temporal dynamics. Instead of a

conclusion, short think-pieces are presented to capture the main insights of the report,

which could be used to aid the examination of integration in MSP in other MSP contexts,

beyond the Baltic Sea.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: BONUS , 2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Marine Spatial Planning, integration, sustainable development, Baltic Sea Region, transnational, social science
National Category
Public Administration Studies Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Environmental Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31193OAI: diva2:1050666
Swedish Research Council Formas, BALTSPACE: 942-2015-19
Available from: 2016-11-29 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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