The report engages with the concepts of ecosystem approach and maritime spatial planning and the relationship between them with a particular focus on the Baltic Sea context. The HELCOM-VASAB Guideline for the implementation of ecosystem-based approach in maritime spatial planning is assessed in the light of scientific literature on the ecosystem approach, selected reports and pertinent guidance documents. The assessment reveals significant room for improvement. This includes potential amendments aimed at dealing with uncertainty and precaution in a more systematic fashion, ensuring that public participation processes enable genuine two-way communication and avoid capture by particularly resourceful or articulated interests, as well as increasing transparency concerning trade-offs among users and interest.
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP -- Juridik (hsv//swe)
SOCIAL SCIENCES -- Law (hsv//eng)
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP -- Annan samhällsvetenskap (hsv//swe)
SOCIAL SCIENCES -- Other Social Sciences (hsv//eng)