Additional funding for the SEAPLANSPACE project

The Monitoring Committee of the South Baltic Interreg Programme 2014-2020 decided to extend the SEAPLANSPACE project "Maritime spatial planning instruments for sustainable management of the sea" due to new activities to be financially supported under the Programme with an additional EUR 42,814.99 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The international project SEAPLANSPACE contributes to the implementation of maritime spatial planning instruments for sustainable management of the sea by strengthening the competencies of target groups in maritime spatial planning (MSP) and is addressed to people working in public administration, especially in maritime administration, to entrepreneurs, and students and graduates interested in maritime MSP.

- 'We are delighted with the positive response to our application for the Interreg mini call. We will implement new activities in connection with obtaining further funds for the SEAPLANSPACE project. This was possible thanks to a properly prepared application. Additionally, the SEAPLANSPACE project will be able to carry out an international webinar on maritime spatial planning, training within the MSP Summer School and other MSP dissemination activities,' - says dr hab. Dorota Pyć, prof. UG from the Faculty of Law and Administration, the project manager. - 'Most of the activities will be carried out online, which allows them to be conducted taking into account possible pandemic restrictions.'

The Monitoring Committee of the South Baltic Interreg Programme 2014-2020 considered that the overall idea of extending the SEAPLANSPACE project with new activities is coherent and fits into its logic. It allows to build on the experience gained in the SEAPLANSPACE project and to further develop the concept of improving the competences of the target groups in maritime spatial planning.

The SEAPLANSPACE project - Marine spatial planning instruments for sustainable maritime governance has an international character and is implemented in cooperation with partners from Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania. The SEAPLANSPACE project leader is the University of Gdańsk.

The SEAPLANSPACE project aims to strengthen the competencies of those working or preparing to work in maritime spatial planning in the context of sustainable management of the sea, thus supporting socio-economic development, including in particular in many areas of the maritime economy. Educational activities aimed at strengthening competences in MSP are necessary in light of the obligation of European Union Member States to develop maritime spatial plans by 31.03.2021, their subsequent implementation, execution and future amendments.

Training within the project are implemented in parallel by the SEAPLANSPACE project partners in five countries of the South Baltic in the form of workshops covering practical issues (case studies). In the Polish part of the training completed in January 2021, lecturers were Polish and foreign experts on MSP. In addition to the training, the SEAPLANSPACE project partners developed the SEAPLANSPACE General Knowledge Manual and are finalising five SEAPLANSPACE Country Specific Manuals on maritime spatial planning in practice. The SEAPLANSPACE Project has also launched a website to share experience and knowledge on MSP.

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Dr hab. Dorota Pyć, prof. UG