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Sociocultural Dimension of Land–Sea Interactions in Maritime Spatial Planning: Three Case Studies in the Baltic Sea Region

Tarmo Pikner (), Joanna Piwowarczyk (), Anda Ruskule (), Anu Printsmann (), Kristīna Veidemane (), Jacek Zaucha (), Ivo Vinogradovs () and Hannes Palang ()
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Tarmo Pikner: Centre for Landscape and Culture, School of Humanities, Tallinn University, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia
Joanna Piwowarczyk: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, 81-712 Sopot, Poland
Anda Ruskule: Baltic Environmental Forum, 1010 Riga, Latvia
Anu Printsmann: Centre for Landscape and Culture, School of Humanities, Tallinn University, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia
Kristīna Veidemane: Baltic Environmental Forum, 1010 Riga, Latvia
Jacek Zaucha: Faculty of Economics, University of Gdańsk, 81-824 Sopot, Poland
Ivo Vinogradovs: Department of Geography, University of Latvia, 1004 Riga, Latvia
Hannes Palang: Centre for Landscape and Culture, School of Humanities, Tallinn University, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia

Sustainability, 2022, vol. 14, issue 4, 1-18

Abstract: Spatial planning faces challenges in addressing interactions between land and sea. This paper elaborates on land–sea interfaces, which can integrate certain socio-cultural values and related tensions into maritime spatial planning (MSP). In this article, three regional case studies from Estonia, Latvia, and Poland analysed important intersections between the formations of cultural values and spatial dynamics within MSP processes. These cases make it possible to address current challenges, contested boundaries, and spatial planning possibilities to embrace the vibrant and complex ways the sea becomes connected to societal change. The study indicates the multiplicity of land–sea interfaces, which should be involved in MSP through situated places of terraqueous interactions, means of public participation, and meaningful boundaries within mobilised co-existence. The actual and possible tensions in allocating new functions of maritime spaces indicate the importance of coastal landscapes and communities. Thus, MSP practice can employ the land–sea interfaces to advance regional planning through participatory engagements, which reveal sociocultural linkages between society and environment on coastal areas.

Keywords: maritime space; land–sea interactions; coastal landscape; cultural values; maritime spatial planning; Baltic Sea (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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