About the project

Coast4us

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Coast4 Us seeks to develop a holistic and inclusive approach in the planning process. New methods and strategies will be developed and evaluated to visualize different values and interests and to improve local participation to make them more efficient and sustainable.

Swedish Pilot Area of Arkösund. 

Project overview

Marine and coastal areas face similar environmental and spatial planning challenges in the Baltic Sea Region. The increasing demands of exploiting these areas are creating potential conflicts with other interest such as preservation of natural resources and ecosystem services. It is essential that different values and interests are recognized in the marine and coastal plans to reach long term sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region.

Creating a holistic approach

The idea of this project is to develop a holistic and inclusive approach to the planning process, involving stakeholders of different interests totogether create sustainable marine and coastal zone plans. New methods and strategies will be developed and evaluated to visualize different values and interests and to improve local participation in order to make plans more efficient and sustainable.

Sustainable marine and coastal spatial plans

The main outputs from the project will be sustainable marine and coastal spatial plans for pilot areas in Åland, Latvia, Sweden and Estonia. To create these plans, we will also develop new tools and management strategies, guidelines, and better cooperation between stakeholders regarding spatial planning. These innovative technical tools, such as GIS tools, web-based platforms, web and mobile applications, are also important outputs developed to support a transparent and inclusive planning process. In addition, these plans could lead to the creation of new jobs. Coast4us will exchange experience and knowledge with current and earlier projects and ensure that new tools and management strategies developed in this project are transferred to other areas in the Baltic Sea Region.

Read the Guidelines for Community Development Planning created during the project

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