Spatial planning co-operation around the Baltic Sea

VASAB (Visions and Strategies around the Baltic Sea) is the spatial planning co-operation system between the countries around the Baltic Sea, including the coastal countries and Norway and Belarus. The Committee on Spatial Planning and Development of the Baltic Sea Region prepares and implements the objectives approved by the Ministerial Conferences on spatial planning. VASAB Secretariat is located in Riga and can be contacted for materials produced by the co-operation.

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The new VASAB Long Term Perspective 2030 was approved by the spatial planning ministers in Vilnius in 2009. The perspective on Finnish spatial structure and land use development, which defines the Baltic Sea region as the most important target of international co-operation on spatial planning, was used when drafting the Finnish section.

The VASAB perspective emphasises urban networks, territorial accessibility and maritime spatial planning. The perspective complements the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and implements the EU aim of territorial cohesion. The most important partner is the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM), who cooperates with VASAB to develop maritime spatial planning. VASAB is part of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

The next ministerial conference of VASAB will be held in September 2014, on the theme of maritime spatial planning. Finland will act as the president of the VABAC Committee, from Summer 2013 to Summer 2014. The preparation of documents to be handled and approved by the ministerial conference will be carried out within this period.

More information

Ministerial Adviser Tiina Tihlman, the Ministry of the Environment, Department of the Built Environment, tel. +358 (0)50 304 1548,

Published 2013-10-25 at 10:37, updated 2013-10-25 at 10:36