First part of SEAPLANSPACE Workshops in Poland

November 2019 – fall 2020

The SEAPLANSPACE Workshops in Poland started on the 14 (group 1) and 16 (group 2 and 3) November 2019. The recruitment for the SEAPLANSPACE workshops indicated a high demand for interdisciplinary programme in the field od marine spatial planning and sustainable governance of the sea. In order to satisfy the demand, a decision has been taken that the recruitment will include 5 groups – three of which will have workshops organised in autumn and winter 2019/2020 and two in late winter and spring 2020. Workshops were hosted at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdansk, which is a Lead Partner of the SEAPLANSPACE Project.

The SEAPLANSPACE Workshops constitute one of the most important SEAPLANSPACE Project deliverables. Most of other activities, like preparation of SEAPLANSPACE Manuals, preparation of SEAPLANSPACE Network of experts or construction of SEAPLANSPACE Portal are activities which in their form and scope are supporting this main goal. SEAPLANSPACE Workshops are being held in all South Baltic countries. Number of participants vary among countries depending on the countries population, size of eligible area, potential interest and particular need and demand for such workshops. However the overall goal is to train at least 200 marine spatial planning specialists in all 5 countries participating in the project. Common element in all SEAPLANSPACE Workshops is the syllabus, so that the workshops and competences gained in their course have high level of equivalence among South Baltic countries. This should result with building efficient base, “common language” of MSP specialists not only within the countries but also transboundary. Workshop’s participants are governmental and local administration representatives, representatives of blue business, energy sectors, but also graduates who are interested in sustainable marine governance and marine spatial planning.

In Poland during the winter fall period over 80 participants finished the certificated SEAPLANSPACE workshops. Among applicants three workshops groups were created. One for the workshops which were taking part in Thursdays and Fridays, and two groups for weekend trainings. All participants participated in 80 hours of workshops, quarter of which was held by foreign MSP specialists on international aspects of marine spatial planning and sustainable marine governance. The remaining part was led by Polish leading researchers and practitioners in various aspects of sustainable marine governance. The syllabus for the workshops consisted of five parts. First part the General Knowledge Part included terminology, instruments, institutions, goals and principles of Marine Spatial Planning. The second part Specific Part included specific knowledge on Marine Spatial Planning presented the MSP specific conditions from ecological, economical, social and legal/administrative perspective. Third part Practical Part consisted on solving practical cases based on real functional conflicts identified in the course of preparation of marine spatial plans in the Baltic Sea Region, this included subjects such as: wind energy infrastructure in MSP, marine protected areas in MSP, fishery and aquaculture in MSP and other. Forth part was focusing on the instrument of marine spatial plan, and was presented by practitioners who were preparing and implementing the project of marine spatial plan in Poland. Final, fifth part was focusing on transnational, regional conditions of marine spatial planning.

The foreign MSP specialists were invited to present different subjects including the geographical conditions of MSP in South Baltic Area, environmental assessments in planning (e.g. ecosystem services), transboundary MSP, Blue Economy – sectors and conflicts, culturally significant areas. This training consisted of theoretical and workshop parts (interactive sessions). It was held by Ramunas Pavilanskas (EUCC Baltic Office), Suzanne Altvater (EU MSP Platform) Angela Schultz-Zehden (SUBMARINER network) and Kira Gee (EU MSP Platform). All lectures were simultaneously interpreted, and large parts of them were recorded for the purpose of future dissemination.

On the 26th January, with last workshops from the international part of the SEAPLANSPACE workshops the certificates of participation were issued to the participants, thus ending this first part of SEAPLANSPACE workshops in Poland. Two new groups, already recruited will commence their workshops in March 2020.

More information about the workshops in Poland in Polish language can be found here