The BRISK project organised a seminar on 18 May in Sopot, Poland on the risks of pollution by shipping accidents. In addition, the BRISK project showcased its activities at a workshop on Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea on 20 May in Gdansk, Poland within the framework of the European Maritime Day. The workshop was arranged with HELCOM, VASAB (Visions and Strategies around the Baltic Sea), Maritime Institute in Gdansk and Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in Germany.
The seminar provided the first opportunity to reveal the results of a comprehensive and unique risk analysis of shipping accidents and pollution in the Baltic Sea, based on a single methodology agreed by all Baltic Sea countries and covering the whole sea.The results of the BRISK Project and BRISK-RU Project served as an example and the basis to assess and present whether the existing response capacities in each sub-region of the Baltic are sufficient.
The joint workshop focused on the emerging role of Maritime Spatial Planning, with the dual aims to contribute to achieving good environmental status and to promote sustainable development of marine areas.
The first part of the event presented the joint work of HELCOM and VASAB on development of coherent Maritime Spatial Planning based on the adopted ten Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning principles. Specific uses of the sea and the environmental risks they create were be presented to showcase an eco-system based, integrated, cross-sectoral approach to management of human activities, including maritime transportation in the Baltic Sea and its risks as assessed by the BRISK project.
The second part of the event presented the results of projects dealing with Maritime Spatial Planning.