Status report on management cases outlining the experiences and results of the cross-sectoral and cross-boundary cooperation. Work Package 4, Group of Activities 4.2.


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. The report provides an overview of the practises for MCH management, undertaken by the Baltic Sea countries, and explores the opportunities for sustainable Blue Growth and tourism development. 

Sea Basin(s): 
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Under water cultural heritage
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Economic aspects
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 MCH can be managed in accordance with the Blue Growth principles? 
  • How to facilitate collaboration between the sectors to ensure a balance between the tourism development and MCH preservation? 

Implementation Context: 

The work was conducted within the scope of WP4. It focused on exploring the ways of (and creating the possibilities for) the MCH management in accordance with the Blue Growth principles.

Aspects / Objectives: 

The report aims to review the practises for MCH management, undertaken by the Baltic Sea countries, and explore the opportunities for sustainable Blue Growth and tourism development.


The report includes the pilot cases of Estonia, Finland, Germany (Schleswig-Holstein), Denmark (South Jutland) and Poland (Pomerania, Gulf of Gdańsk). A synthesis analysis was conducted to highlight the best practises and recommendations from the pilot cases. 

The first chapter highlighs the practices of stakeholder engagement in the BalticRIM pilot case studies. The pilot cases are aimed at further development of the MCH-related and ecosystem-based sustainable tourism attractions, in close collaboration with the governmental and municipal authorities and other stakeholders. It presents practices the pilot cases have carried out in order to engage the stakeholders, exchange ideas and support the sustainable use of MCH. The second chapter describes management practices from the pilot case areas. 

Main Outputs / Results: 

The recommendations provided aim to result in innovative stakeholder involvement practices, finding ways for the tourism advancement, taking into account the Blue Growth principles, and exploring the ways for MCH management and sustainable use. 


The management cases outlined in this report can be taken into consideration by stakeholders during the cross-sectoral and cross-boundary cooperation in other sea basins.

Responsible Entity: 

University of Tartu.

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: 

 Liisi Lees, Robert Aps (University of Tartu).