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The whole country’s territory has already been planned – both in the land and the sea

2015-06-15

After the Seimas approved the last week the supplement of the general plan of the territory of the Republic of Lithuania by a marine territory area, the plan of the entire territory of this country has been finished. Lithuania is the second state of the Baltic Region after Germany to finalize planning its marine territories and to provide for their development perspectives, and the only EU-member state to have the country’s territory general plan encompassing both the land and the sea territories in a single planning document.

The 2002 approved general plan of the country’s territory included only a part of the territorial sea. This is why completing it with the sea part will have an important impact on the future of our sea territories. The planned area is the exclusive economic zone and the entire territorial sea includes the water, the seabed, and the subsoil of the seabed including processes taking place above the sea.

The plan explores the current condition of the maritime belt, evaluates the natural environment, protected territories and cultural values, the natural resources, economic activity in the sea, its interests of use, the regional policy, etc. The core part of the plan talks about development of these territories presenting specific solutions. The document provides for both general and specialized structures of the maritime belt: seaports, general use waterways, technical infrastructure, as well as structures intended for resource extraction and use, recreation, and tourism.

The solutions of the maritime belt plan form smooth connections between the land and the sea parts, coherently continue provisions and solutions of the general plan of the country’s territory taking into consideration established and emerging functional connections, ecological, cultural, economic and other interests in the Baltic Sea.

Public Information Department
2015-06-15

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas