The assessment of the available MCH data and proposed measures for the MSP data exchange, as well as terminology harmonization. BalticRIM status report WP 2 GoA 2.2.


The report is developed within a framework of the BalticRim project that brings together actors in charge of Maritime Cultural Heritage (MCH) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) from seven countries around the Baltic Sea, including the Russian Federation, to jointly develop commonly agreed spatial planning perspectives for MCH.

Sea Basin(s): 
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Under water cultural heritage
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Sea-basin cooperation
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • How Maritime Cultural Heritage and Underwater Cultural Heritage data can be useful in MSP?

Implementation Context: 

The work was conducted within the scope of the Work Package 2, which focuses on the Maritime Cultural Heritage knowledge base and its smart and professional integration to MSP.

Aspects / Objectives: 

To present the results of analysis of data that describes MCH and UCH, as well as its usefulness for MSP in different partner states.


The first section describes different systems of the protection of heritage and measures for heritage registering. The second section features an attempt in evaluating data concerning MCH and UCH, gathered in the available heritage registers. The third section is a description of the measures undertaken for terminology harmonisation. The task was supposed to be performed on the basis of description categories, already defined in WP 2.1, and assessment criteria of Baltic cultural heritage. During the project it had been decided that, given the fundamental differences in heritage descriptions, at the moment it is not possible to develop this list of definitions

Main Outputs / Results: 

No agreement regarding the scope of evaluation and its legitimacy has been reached. Such evaluation may lead to differentiation between “better” and “worse” monuments, which may result in their destruction.


The findings presented in this report are applicable to MSP processes in the countries of the Baltic Sea region.

Responsible Entity: 

National Maritime Museum in Gdansk. 

Funding Source: 

The report is developed within the framework of the BalticRIM project sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020. 

Contact person: 

Krzysztof Kurzyk, Paweł Litwinienko, Janusz Różycki, Iwona Pomian.