Maritime spatial planning


Foto: Pirjo Ferin @ YHA

Maritime spatial plans are to be prepared for the territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone of Finland by the end of March 2021. The three plans will cover the Gulf of Finland, the Archipelago Sea and southern Bothnian Sea, and the northern Bothnian Sea, Kvarken and Bothnian Bay. The plans are intended to promote the sustainable development and growth of the differed uses of the maritime space, sustainable use of natural resources, and achievement of good environmental status in the maritime areas.

The preparation of the plan is guided by a coordination group with representatives of the coastal Regional Councils and the Ministry of the Environment. The Regional Council of Southwest Finland and the cooperation network on maritime spatial planning set up for this purpose see to the coordination of the cooperation needed in the planning process. Read more at

Provisions on maritime spatial planning are laid down in the Land Use and Building Act. According to this, the Ministry of the Environment is responsible for the general development and guidance of maritime spatial planning and cooperation with the neighbouring countries, while the preparation and approval of the plans is the responsibility of the eight coastal Regional Councils.

Published 2018-05-02 at 11:47, updated 2018-05-02 at 12:36