BalticRIM brings together archaeologists and spatial planners from Baltic Sea countries to integrate the maritime cultural heritage (MCH) into maritime spatial plans for a sustainable management and protection of underwater sites.

About BalticRIM

The BalticRIM project developed Baltic Sea wide principles and elaborated national practices for integrating maritime cultural heritage into maritime spatial planning. The project strived to contribute to a culture of sustainability, where the diversity and accessibility of maritime attractions and landscapes will strengthen the well-being of citizens and visitors, and raise the awareness for and the protection of the Baltic Sea.

The Final Report provides a synopsis of the legal and administrative situation and of the practices concerning the management of MCH with respect to MSP across the Baltic Sea states. Analyses deal with the first round processes of MSP during 2017-2020. The BalticRIM recommendations are tailored separately for both cultural heritage administration and MSP. In addition, this publication considers the role of MCH in current blue growth initiatives across the BSR and the development of perspectives, focussing on tourism.

A separate handbook provides an overview of the solutions concisely. The BalticRIM data portal displays the spatial data regarding both the MSP pilots and gathered blue growth information and BalticRIM WIKI presents MCH and UCH terminology with attached definitions.

The tool MCH4Blue Participatory GIS offers planners and stakeholders participatory argumentation maps.

Lead Partner

State Archaeology Department of Schleswig-Holstein 

Project Partners

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG
Finnish Heritage Agency (FHA)

Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland

University of Turku

University of Tartu

The National Heritage Board of Estonia 

The Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI)

Klaipéda University

National Maritime Museum Gdańsk


Aalborg University

Gdynia Maritime University

Associated organisations

Regional Council of Kymenlaakso
Åland Board of Antiquities

Viking Ship Museum Roskilde

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas Schleswig-Holstein

Ostseefjord Schlei GmbH

State Chancellery of Schleswig-Holstein

Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht for Coastal Research

Kingisepp District municipality and Underwater Research Centre of the Russian Geographical Society (URCRGS)


Finnish Divers’ Federation

Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency

Museum of Kronstadt

Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation, Eastern Norway County Network (BSSSC)

Museum of the World Ocean

National Centre of Underwater Research



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    Contact person BalticRIM Susanne Altvater


    SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

    Kärntener Str. 20
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