Legal implications of the integration of MCH into national/subnational MSP in each BSR country (including an analysis of the status quo in Russia) – WP2.4.


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): 
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 the MCH is legaly considered in the national and subnational Maritime Spatial Planning in the countries of the Baltic Sea region? 

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 report aims to analyse:

  • Legal mandates for integrating MCH into MSPs, including environmental assessments and future protection needs of MCH;
  • Ways to promote MCH by MSP means;
  • Barriers to integration of MCH into MSP;
  • Possibilities for incorporation of MCH into MSP. 


  • Desk study, materials from other MSP projects in the BSR (BaltSeaPlan and PartiSEApate) and the EU MSP Platform;
  • Interviews with selected experts in MCH and MSP authorities;
  • Questionnaire circulated among the BSR national MSP authorities (including the region of Kymenlaakso).

Main Outputs / Results: 

  • A status report on the role of MCH and legal implications for MSP, as well as options on how to integrate MCH into planning in the BSR countries;
  • Preliminary development of a MCH Toolbox to guide planners through the process;
  • Information sheets on the legal implications of MCH integration into MSP per country (available for download on the BalticRIM website).


The findings of this report can be taken into consideration when exploring the legal implications of MCH integration into MSP in other countries.

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: 

Susanne Altvater, Submariner Network for Blue Growth EEIG. 

Daniel Zwick, State Archaeology Department of Schleswig-Holstein.