Plan4Blue Supporting Sustainable Growth in Maritime Areas

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The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council is an acting partner in the Plan4Blue project (Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies).

By developing options and methods for a sustainable growth in further cross-border collaboration, the project supports the Finnish and Estonian maritime spatial planning processes. The project supports a growth in the marine and maritime sectors emphasizing the need to find a balance between economic, social and environmental goals.

The Plan4Blue project produces Blue Economy scenarios, and spatial analysis of potentials and risks are made. The possibilities of and models for implementing the scenarios are studied from the aspects of both maritime spatial, as well as, land use planning. This is also a possibility to bring together maritime spatial planning actors from Finland and Estonia.

This project has a total budget of about 2 million euros, receiving funding from the EU Interreg Central Baltic Programme. The budget set up by The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council is 168 000 euros. The project is carried out between Oct 1st, 2016 and Dec 31st, 2019.

Finnish-Estonian Collaboration

The Finnish Environment Institute is the leading partner of the Plan4Blue project. Apart from the Council, the Finnish partners are The Regional Council of Southwest Finland and the University of Turku, the Estonian partners being the University of Tartu and the Baltic Environment Forum Estonia.

Other partners are the Estonian Ministry of Finance and the county administrations of Lääne-Viru, Harju and Ida-Viru. Additionally, a broad collaboration takes part between the stakeholders of maritime spatial planning.