FE11/2007 Our Shared Environment 2020
Environmental Programme for Uusimaa Region
Uusimaa Regional Environment Centre, 2008
The Finnish Environment 11en/2007, Environmental protection, 32 p., Uusimaa Regional Environment Centre. URN:ISBN:978-952-11-2903-2 , ISBN 978-952-11-2904-9 (PDF). The publication is also available in printed form ISBN: 978-952-11-2903-2.
There are some 1.5 million people living in the Uusimaa Region, and the population continues to grow rapidly. The Helsinki Metropolitan Area has the only large concentration of population in Finland. The pollution load on the environment is increasing and coherent areas of green space are diminishing. On the other hand, the region has great biodiversity. The objectives of reconciling the needs of human activity with those of nature and reducing the environmental load present the region with challenging tasks. The Uusimaa Region Environmental Programme presents the objectives and action for promoting balanced development of the area on the terms of both nature and man up to the year 2020.
Measures to combat climate change and prepare for its impacts will be implemented in the various focal areas of the programme throughout its duration. The objective is to give the Uusimaa region a coherent community structure and offer its inhabitants a safe, healthy and pleasant living environment. By adjusting the needs of traffic and land use planning, an eco-efficient regional structure and equal opportunities for mobility will be ensured, while reducing dependence on private cars. The continuity of green space and the ecological network will be guaranteed by planning across regional and municipal borders. The urban nature of the Uusimaa region, heritage environments and valuable landscapes will be inventoried and systematically managed.
Action will be taken to halt the growth of emissions from energy production and traffic. Protection of surface and ground water will be given attention in land use, business and industrial activities and soil extraction. The soil areas and sediments most harmful to human and environmental health will be cleaned up. The risks arising from hazardous chemicals and oil transport will be reduced.
- Deputy director Mr Rolf Nyström, Uusimaa Regional Environment Centre, tel. + 358 40 532 8783, Staff e-mail addresses: email@example.com