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DISCUSSED IN RUSSIA, FINLAND AND NORWAY AT ONE-DAY SEMINAR ORGANIZED BY MURMANSK MARINE BIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (MMBI KSC RAS) JOINTLY WITH FINNISH INSTITUTE OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

09.06.2017

The main attention of scientists during the seminar on marine spatial planning, which will be held on June 14, 2017 in Murmansk (MMBI KSC RAS), will focus on cross-border cooperation and exchange of experience and knowledge. Despite the fact that the marine environment in the Barents Region and Baltic can differ, issues and problems related to spatial planning are the same: an optimal set of initial data for planning, finding a compromise between different types of economic activity and nature users, involving experts, stakeholders and people responsible for decision-making.

The concept of marine spatial planning includes data recording, both on different uses of marine area, and state of marine environment. This information, including solutions developed during the intersectoral discussion, is then used to create a general plan for use of marine area, which should optimize economic growth on one hand and, on the other hand, contribute the preservation of marine environment.

During the seminar it is also planned to briefly discuss international legislative framework and national law enforcement practices in the field of marine spatial planning. Possibilities and prospects for further cross-border cooperation in developing optimal joint solutions in the field of marine spatial planning in the Arctic will also be considered.