The BONUS BASMATI project focuses on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and marine and coastal ecosystem services. It analyses governance systems in the Baltic Sea region in order to develop a transnational model for MSP. A major outcome will be a MSP tool called Baltic Explorer. It is a spatial decision-support system designed to support the MSP process around the Baltic Sea.

The Baltic Explorer facilitates broad access to information. It helps planners and stakeholders to overcome the challenges of MSP, such as transboundary and cross-border planning and comprehensive mapping and management of ecosystem services. The tool will be developed with the help of its end-users and it will be tested in three BONUS BASMATI case studies. Cross-border collaboration and stakeholder involvement play a crucial role in the project.


Upcoming events

PhD course on MSP

Start date: 06.05.2019

End date: 08.05.2019

Location: Turku, Finland

Maritime Spatial Planning processes in Baltic Sea countries – PhD course (5 ECTS)

The University of Turku and the BONUS BASMATI project will jointly arrange a 5 ECTS PhD level course in Turku, Finland. The course will focus on the evaluation of the ongoing national and international maritime spatial planning initiatives, as well as on the methods and tools related to monitoring and evaluation of maritime spatial plans. Emphasis will be on the similarities and differences among the member states’ approaches in fulfilling the MSP directive’s requirements, and the overall progress within the Baltic Sea region at the moment.

The course will consist of:
  • a pre-reading exercise with a written report
  • lectures and workshops by MSP experts from several Baltic Sea countries
  • practical exercises
  • a written final report.
Invited lecturers:
  • Professor Henning Sten Hansen, coordinator of BONUS BASMATI project, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Dr. Holger Janssen, Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalization, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany
  • Dr. Andrea Morf / Dr. Michael Kull, Nordregio, Sweden
  • Dr. Riku Varjopuro, SYKE & HELCOM, Finland
  • Research Director Toni Ahlqvist, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Turku, Finland
  • Monday & Tuesday: University of Turku, Natura building.
  • Wednesday: Onboard day cruise Turku-Mariehamn-Turku
Important dates:
  • Application deadline: 18.3.2019
  • Notification of student selection and assignment of pre-reading task: 20.3.2019
  • Pre-reading report deadline: 15.4.2019
  • Mandatory participation in Turku: May 6–8 2019, Monday and Tuesday 9:00–17:00, Wednesday 8:00–20:00.
  • Final report deadline: 16.6.2019

No course fee. Travel and accommodation at own cost. Lunches free of charge. Wednesday ferry tickets free of charge.


Pass/fail (written course certificate will be provided)

Further information:

Harri Tolvanen (

Project meeting, spring 2019

Start date: 08.05.2019

End date: 10.05.2019

Location: Turku, Finland

The fourth biannual project meeting will be hosted by University of Turku (UTU) in Turku, Finland. The meeting will gather all the project partners from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, and Sweden to discuss the progress of the BONUS BASMATI project.

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