To transmit Maritime Cultural Heritage knowledge to Maritime Spatial Planning processes: STEP 1. BalticRIM status report WP 2 GoA 2.1.


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 summarises the results of activities of the Work Package 2, which focuses on the MCH knowledge base and its smart and professional integration to MSP processes. The findings will continue to evolve in the coming activities of the BalticRIM project. 

Sea Basin(s): 
May 2020
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Under water cultural heritage
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
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 planners and maritime cultural heritage officials can co-operate in order to facilitate the MSP process?

Implementation Context: 

The work was conducted as part of WP2 and focused on the Maritime Cultural Heritage knowledge base and its smart and professional integration to MSP.

Aspects / Objectives: 

To bring together information on the MCH management, based on the co-operation between the maritime cultural heritage officials in the partner countries. This included information on the various registers used to gather MCH data, as well as the ways this data is made publicly available.


In order to structure the overlapping targets, the focus was on defining central related heritage concepts, mapping and elaborating the structure of the various national cultural heritage databases, and thereby creating a more solid framework for coming work. The report addresses the problems and knowledge gaps in the heritage data as perceived by maritime cultural heritage experts themselves. MSP experts will conclude the problems and knowledge gaps when testing the tools in the pilot areas. Assessment of mitigation strategies for such perceived gaps and devise avenues of planning within a holistic framework is work in progress during the whole project lifetime.

Main Outputs / Results: 

To facilitate the co-operation between planners and heritage officials, it is imperative that three key points are in order:

1. The cultural heritage sites are properly protected through respective legislation.

2. The planners know where the protected cultural heritage sites are situated. Digital open platforms facilitate efficient management and make the information available for the planner in the desired GIS form.

3. The process in which a plan goes through the statement system via various officials should be kept as simple and straightforward as possible.


The methodology applied can be used for any MSP process.

Responsible Entity: 

Finnish Heritage Agency.

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: 

Marianne Lehtimäki, Riikka Tevali, Sallamaria Tikkanen.