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Report on Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms for MSPs in the Baltic Sea Region


This paper was developed within the context of the Capacity4MSP project that aims to create a practically oriented and interactive collaboration platform for MSP stakeholders, decision- and policy makers that will inform, support and enhance ongoing MSP efforts by capitalising on the outcomes of various transnational MSP projects and national MSP processes. The report focuses on providing a comparative overview on the implementation of adopted MSPs.

Application in MSP:
Type of Issue:
Type of practice:
Stage of MSP cycle:
Cross-border / trans-national aspect:
Key words:

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • Following MSP adoption, how are plan mechanisms communicated?
  • How are MSP Authorities involved in implementation and M&E and who is responsible?
  • If the context changes, how can MSP be changed/adapted?
  • How should other countries be informed about plan implementation?

Implementation Context:

The report was produced within the framework of the Capacity4MSP project.

Aspects / Objectives:

The report aims to inform MSP practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders across all levels (including those outside the EU) of how MSPs - adopted as a result of the EU MSP Directive - are practically implemented in the given EU Baltic Sea region (BSR) Member States; it also highlights similarities, differences and background for possible future developments to further improve the given MSP processes.


The report is based on desk research, interviews, interactive discussions held as part of the Planners Forum and feedback loops from the given EU BSR Member States. It contains research-based analysis, experiences and practical examples of implementation and M&E support mechanisms.

Main Outputs / Results:

This report provide an overview of foreseen mechanisms across the BSR coupled with benchmarks from outside the BSR. It presents:

  • Types of MSPs; their provisions; responsibilities;
  • Ways of communication and governance structures;
  • Involvement of MSP authority in implementation decisions;
  • Adaptability of plans before a formal revision;
  • Foreseen structures for Monitoring & Evaluation.


The report highlights some good practices, lessons to be learned as well as challenges and obstacles in the practice of MSP implementation in the Baltic Sea but the methodology can be taken as example for other regions.

Responsible Entity:

Capacity4MSP project

Costs / Funding Source:

This document was produced as part of the SIMAtlantic project (Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020).

Contact person:

Angela Schultz-Zehden – SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG (asz[at]submariner-network[dot]eu)