The Baltic Maritime Heritage – spatial atlas – BalticRIM report - GoA 2.5.


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

Sea Basin(s): 
September 2019
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: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer: 

  • How to facilitate co-operation between the planners and maritime cultural heritage officials in MSP process?

Implementation Context: 

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

Aspects / Objectives: 

The focus of this report is to explore the possibilities for protection of MCH by creating a common language and discussion platform between the maritime spatial planners and officers responsible for protection of maritime cultural heritage in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries.


The atlas is prepared in line with the needs of the maritime spatial planners making use of the planning vocabulary, dwelling on MSP documents and putting visual language to the forefront.

Main Outputs / Results: 

The atlas summarises the work conducted within the scope of the WP 2 (GoA 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4), creating a bridge between the historical knowledge and spatial planning. It aims to show the pan-Baltic potential of MCH, highlight the most valuable areas, analyse the main threads and propose zoning solutions. 


The challenges and planning principles identified in this report can be taken into consideration when integrating the MCH in MSP in other sea basins.

Responsible Entity: 

Maritime Institute in Gdansk, Poland.

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: 

Magdalena Matczak, Jacek Zaucha, Susanne Altvater, Jakub Turski, Joanna Witkowska.

Maps: Joanna Pardus, Łukasz Szydłowski.