Dr Kristina Veidemane is the MSP focal point for the Baltic Sea. She is a senior environmental expert / project manager in the Baltic Environmental Forum (BEF), having work experience of more than 20 years in the field. She holds a Ph.D. in geography with a research focus on development of coastal landscapes.
Dr Veidemane has good knowledge on EU marine and integrated maritime policy and their requirements for the Member States. She has been involved in several projects related to implementation of marine protection policies in the Baltic Sea region. Since 2009 she has taken active part in the transboundary projects related to maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region (BaltSeaPlan, PartiSeapate, MARMONI, Land-Sea-Act). In 2015-2016, she led an international team to develop the country-wide Maritime Spatial Plan of Latvian territorial and EEZ waters.
Currently, she leads the Assessment of the application of Baltic Sea Common Regional MSP Framework commissioned by the VASAB Secretariat. As the BEF is favouring stakeholder engagement in environmental policy planning and implementation processes, Dr Veidemane is one of the key organisers and moderators of meetings, workshops and conferences of different scales – from local to regional level.