Over the past year, we have begun to establish good relationships with our stakeholders and are now part way through our Marine Spatial Planning. We have also engaged a wide variety of techniques to integrate stakeholder knowledge.
Since starting the project, we have held a number of meetings at both the national (Estonia) and regional (Baltic Sea RAC) level, to introduce GAP2, and to initiate collaboration with these stakeholders on Marine Spatial Planning.
Most parties are willing to be part of this process, and we are now making significant progress in mapping the fishing grounds and interests held in the region. Indeed, by the end of 2012, we expect that we will have been able to finalise a map of fishing interests, agreed upon by all stakeholders.
But we are not relying upon Marine Spatial Mapping alone to integrate everyone’s knowledge and understanding. We are also using the BaltFishPlan Web as the platform for participatory processes, the game PlayDecide. ConceptMaps and Bayesian Belief Networks when appropriate.
A series of regular meetings, covering the whole Estonian fisheries area will now continue until early 2013.