Maritime Cultural Heritage impact assessment strategy for MSP. Status report Baltic RIM WP 3 GoA 3.2.


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): 
March 2020
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 include Maritime Cultural Haritage aspects in Maritime Spatial Planning? 

Implementation Context: 

The work was conducted within the scope of WP3 and focused on methods and tools for including the Maritime Cultural Heritage aspects in Maritime Spatial Planning.

Aspects / Objectives: 

The "Maritime Cultural Heritage impact assessment strategy for MSP" aims to serve as a general guidance document for planners, decision makers and stakeholders.


The report starts with a review of a legal background (at the International, European and Regional level), as well as data, knowledge and common language. It then provides an overview of the MCH risk management process for MSP and MCH risk management tools for MSP.

Main Outputs / Results: 

  • Improved MCH risk management competitiveness and effectiveness of activities existing within the national and trans-boundary marine jurisdiction; 
  • Achievement of the MSP-related MCH protection and sustainable use, as well as international and national level policy objectives. 


The “MCH impact assessment strategy for MSP” can be taken into consideration by planners, decision makers and stakeholders in other countries and sea basins.

Responsible Entity: 

University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute, Tallinn, Estonia.

National Heritage Board of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia. 

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: 

Robert Aps, Liisi Lees, Kristjan Herkül, Maili Roio, Krista Karro.