MCH4blue - ParticipatoryGIS


The ParticipatoryGIS is developed within a framework of the BalticRIM project that brings together those responsible for Maritime Cultural Heritage (MCH) and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) from seven countries around the Baltic Sea, including the Russian Federation, to develop commonly agreed spatial planning perspectives for MCH. This tool aims to connect cultural and natural heritage in Estonia.

Sea Basin(s): 
August 2020
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Under water cultural heritage
Type of Issue: 
Environment aspects
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What cultural and natural data are available for the Estonian sea area?

Implementation Context:

This tool was developed in the context of the BalticRIM project.

Aspects / Objectives:

This tool aims to demonstrate the integration of natural and cultural heritage in the Estonian sea areas and to discuss the sustainable marketing and use of underwater cultural heritage in accordance with Blue Growth principles.


The environmental vulnerability profile method was developed within the INTERREG Central Baltic project Plan4Blue “Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies” funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Main Outputs / Results:

This tool:

  • Makes the data publicly available;
  • Enables quick and easy access to the data in a web browser (user does not need special GIS software or GIS knowledge);
  • Enables the linked use of cultural and natural values in the same public web application – a feature that was not available in other web applications in Estonia.


While the MCH4blue only concerns the Estonian sea space, the model is potentially applicable to other regions, where data is available.

Responsible Entity:

University of Tartu

Costs / Funding Source:

This work is supported by the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region project BalticRIM “Baltic Sea Region Integrated Maritime Cultural Heritage Management” funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Contact person:

BalticRIM project