Territorial Monitoring
– a way to measure what we need to manage

A seminar titled ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – tools for monitoring the BSR development’, will examine territorial monitoring and how it can help us to reach the EUSBSR objectives by 2030. 

The seminar, to be held during the Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR, focuses on understanding the main challenges and opportunities the Baltic Sea Region policy needs to address by presenting and discussing the social, economic and environmental development based on a number of indicators.
Linus Rispling at the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, tells us more.
What is territorial monitoring?
Territorial monitoring has its foundation on a selected set of statistical indicators, but its core function is to provide policy makers at different government levels with relevant information based on territorial evidence. The statistical indicators for monitoring the Baltic Sea Region have been selected carefully for the purpose to show evidence-based territorial trends for policy needs.
How can territorial monitoring benefit the Baltic Sea Region and the EUSBSR?
A limited set of selected indicators from a territorial monitoring system can help reveal the general trends in the Baltic Sea Region. The indicators selected for this monitoring exercise are based on data available for countries across Europe, and therefore allow comparisons both between countries and regions within and outside the Baltic Sea Region.
The ongoing trends in the Baltic Sea Region are visualised through a range of maps and other figures. The indicators presented in this seminar are consistent across Europe’s countries and mainly stem from the ESPON BSR-TeMo project – The Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System. However, as we’ll explain in the seminar, they can also be tied to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, by connecting the strategy objectives with the territorial monitoring indicators.
What are the most interesting results of the territorial monitoring exercise?
The results are not finalised yet, as the analysis is ongoing. However, the results presented will deal with themes such as population change and migration, economic trends, social issues, accessibility and linkages both on land and in the sea, and environmental impact. Some aspects are of particular interest, such as urban-rural divides and whether an east-west divide still persists in the macro-region.
What are the main challenges for monitoring the development of the Baltic Sea Region?
Although we use ‘robust’ statistical indicators according to standard definitions, it’s still a challenge to find data at the regional level across the entire Baltic Sea Region, and for all countries. For example, the comparability between EU data and Russian data must be scrutinised, in order to examine whether the same phenomena are measured in a ‘Eurostat’ dataset compared with a dataset from the Russian statistical institutes. Other issues related to the statistical data include that the availability of data at a comparable regional level may vary between countries, or that there might be data gaps in existing data sets.

Linus Rispling, Senior Cartographer/GIS Analyst
Linus Rispling, Senior Cartographer/GIS Analyst

Read more about Territorial monitoring. 

Read more about the seminar.

The seminar is organised in collaboration between Nordregio, VASAB and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.