Bonus Projects




About the BONUS BASMATI project

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.


Marine and coastal ecosystem services

The BONUS BASMATI project relies on the concept of ecosystem services. New data on these services will be produced and tested during the project. The ecosystem services in sustainable planning can be approached through the ecosystem service cascade model. The cascade model addresses the ecosystem services as a chain from biophysical structures and natural processes to the potential benefits and value for human well-being. The actual ecosystem services include provisioning, regulating and cultural services.

Expected outcomes of BONUS BASMATI

  • Increased knowledge and data on coastal and marine ecosystem services.
  • Improved access to data and spatial scenario assessment frameworks.
  • Assessment frameworks for sustainability issues and indicators.
  • A decision support system for developing and assessing alternative planning scenarios.
  • Improved understanding about the benefits of interactive planning tools for stakeholders.
  • More inclusive planning processes sensitive to sectoral and society needs.


Aalborg University, Denmark

Project coordinator

Henning Sten Hansen

Professor, Aalborg University Copenhagen

A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, DK-2450 Copenhagen

Aarhus University, Denmark

Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Finland

Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Latvia

Leibniz institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany

Nordregio, Sweden

University of Turku, Finland

Project partners at the Kick-off meeting in Stockholm in 2017.