Overview of the Maritime Spatial Planning and consultation of the first phase

The consultation of the first phase of the Maritime Spatial Planning was organised during 10 April–10 May 2019. Based on the hearing and regional future workshops, the preparation work of the actual plan drafts will be started.

The consultation material consisted of the preparation phase’s reports on the current state and the draft of the future scenario on national marine areas. A key part of the overview of the current state is the Status of Finland’s marine environment 2018 publication created as part of planning the marine strategy.

The consultation of the Maritime Spatial Planning is not a statutory statement procedure, but it is done to collect views as background material for the planning.

Summaries of the hearing materials:

Current state:

Future scenario:

The creation of the future drafts will continue in May–June by drafting the regional future scenarios together with stakeholders. The scenarios consider changes in the maritime operating environment as well as the interested parties’ needs and views on the future development of the marine areas. Special attention is paid to energy, transport, environment, fishing and aquaculture, cultural heritage, tourism and recreational use, military defence, maritime industry, biotechnology and extractive industries.

You can find the schedules and locations of the regional future workshops here.