Land-sea interactions advancing Blue Growth in Baltic Sea coastal areas


The project aims to bring together stakeholders involved in coastal management and planning, to find solutions to Maritime Spatial Planning and Blue Growth challenges around the Baltic Sea and to elaborate Multi-level Governance Agenda on Blue Growth and Spatial Planning in Baltic Sea Region.

The project will guide national, regional and local authorities, as well as stakeholders of various sectors to:
• improve transnational cooperation and facilitate knowledge exchange to foster Blue Growth;
• raise awareness, knowledge and skills to enhance Blue Growth initiatives and integrated development in coastal areas;
• balance development of new sea uses with coastal community interests by improving coastal governance.

Main results:
· Increased capacity and cooperation of stakeholders in Baltic Sea region regarding Blue Growth and spatial planning
· 6 Case study outputs, including report on Strategic solutions for balanced use of land-sea resources (Latvian case study), report on integrating cultural values in maritime spatial planning & Blue Growth” (Polish case study), report on climate change adaptation meeting sustainable tourism (German case study), report on trade-offs in mobility and tourism planning (Estonian case study), guidelines for harbour business development (Danish case study) and maritime strategy for coastal economy of Gothenburg Region (Swedish case study)
· Guiding materials for various coastal stakeholders on land-sea interaction in maritime spatial planning, land-based spatial planning and addressing Blue Growth challenges.

The demonstration case at the Southwestern Kurzeme coast of Latvia aims to support the sustainable development of coastal area by balancing the interests of renewable (wind) energy production at sea with the development of coastal tourism, preservation of landscape value and environmental quality:

  • In 2019 Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia experts mapped and evaluated 11 landscape area types from border of Latvia in Nida till Labrags in more than 100 km in length and 10 km wide;
  • In 2020 Baltic Environmental Forum-Latvia experts had performed the biophysical mapping and assessment of coastal landscapes as well as continued to work on stakeholder involvement, experts’ consultation, desk studies and information collection. Please read more: 

Contact information of Lead partner
Project coordination:
Mārtiņš Grels
Phone (+371) 66016 733

Margarita Vološina
Phone (+371) 66016 712

Project details

  • Project Name: Land-Sea-Act
  • Project management:Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia
  • Funded by: Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme
  • Operational time: 01/2019 – 12/2021
  • Project number: R098
  • Project website:

Project partners

County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland, Sweden; Environmental Department of Fehmarn Municipality, Germany; Holbæk Municipality, Denmark; Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities, Sweden; Tallinn University, Estonia; Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN), Poland; Hamburg Institute of; International Economics (HWWI), Germany; Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia, Latvia; Baltic Environmental Forum Germany, Germany; Association of the Coastal Towns and Municipalities, Poland

Contact persons

  • Kristīna Veidemane
  • Anda Ruskule
  • Dace Strigune

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