Coastal Research and Planning Institute
The Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI) is a recently established non-profit public research institute dedicated to applied marine research, carrying out R&D activities with the aim to foster the implementation of maritime policy and the development of the maritime economy. The main scientific experience and competences within maritime related research and businesses were inherited from the former Coastal Research and Planning Institute operated within Klaipeda University. Personnel of the Institute is composed of experts of maritime biology, geology, environmental engineering and social science. Experts having extensive experience in fields of Environmental Impact, Risk, Human Health Impact assessment provide high quality services for marine and coastal economic developments. The group of experts on integrated coastal zone management and maritime spatial planning has been involved in a number of European projects dealing with MSP. They also were, and are, involved in planning of Lithuanian and Latvian maritime areas. The good balance of scientific and applied research activities carried out at CORPI ensures the efficient transfer of European level scientific knowledge into high quality services requested by national and international business and governmental organizations.
Nerijus Blažauskas holds a PhD in natural sciences and geology. He is a senior researcher, manager of international projects and team leader at CORPI. Since 2006, Nerijus has actively been involved in numerous projects related to ICZM, MSP, offshore renewable energy, port development and others, acting both as project coordinator and national coordinator in Lithuania. He is also the author of first Lithuanian Maritime Spatial Plan, adopted June 2015 and involved as an expert in the current development of the Latvian MSP.