From 19 th to 21 th November 2019 the conference entitled “Maritime Spacial Planning Forum: Global Meets Regional” was held in Riga. Organised in collaboration with the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Pan Baltic Scope, the central theme of the meeting, which was attended by participants from all over the world, was maritime spatial planning. The aim was to promote cross-border cooperation through a joint effort between local and regional authorities. Many proposals were also made by young professionals. Our researcher Alice Guittard also spoke about the need for an innovative approach to attract stakeholders and facilitate the achievement of sustainable development objective number 14, concerning the conservation and sustainability of our seas and oceans.