BALTSPACE is developing an analytical framework to explore and address various integration challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
Initially, academic and non-academic literature will be used to identify the specific conditions which influence integration at various levels. For example, what are known obstacles to effective stakeholder integration? What can spatial planning theory contribute to facilitating territorial integration? What factors have been identified in other projects that enable successful policy integration?
BALTSPACE is analysing the institutional and socio-ecologic contexts of MSP and critical integration challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.
The analytical framework developed by the project will be applied in the case studies. Based on document analysis, semi-structured interviews and – where available – existing research findings, BALTSPACE partners will identify enables and constraints that impact on different forms of integration in the BSR.
BALTSPACE is developing and refining tools that help to address integration challenges.
Some tools are already well established and applied in MSP and other similar fields, including for example risk management or institutional and policy analysis. Other tools are less well known or may need to be adapted to the specific needs of MSP. BALTSPACE is testing and evaluating individual tools and combinations of tools, resulting in practical guidance for their application in the future.