The Baltic Sea Project (BSP) was the first sustained sub-regional ASPnet endeavour to promote both the protection of a major body of water i.e. the Baltic Sea and its resources, as well as inter-cultural learning in all countries surrounding the Sea.
It is significant to note that it was launched, at the invitation of Finland, in April 1989, during the final months of the Cold War era. At that time, just bringing together representatives from these countries was an accomplishment. In 2009, after exactly 20 years of successful implementation, this Project has paved the way for other similar ASPnet projects such as the Blue Danube River Project, the Western Mediterranean Project and the Caribbean Sea Project. As the BSP has evolved so has its emphasis on contributing to sustainability and to the DESD.