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:
- Gulf of Finland
- The Archipelago Sea and Southern part of the Bothnian Sea
- Northern part of the Bothnian Sea, Quark and Bothnian Bay
- Situational picture of the blue economy 2018 (in Finnish)
- Status of Finland’s marine environment 2018 (in Finnish)
- Report on marine cultural heritage 2019 (in Finnish)
- Special characteristics of the Gulf of Finland planning area 2019 (in Finnish)
- Special characteristics of the Archipelago Sea and southern part of the Bothnian Sea planning area 2019 (in Finnish)
- Special characteristics of the Northern Bothnian Sea, Quark and Bothnian Bay planning area 2019 (in Finnish)
- Finnish coast line – Built and unbuilt areas – DRAFT (in Finnish)
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.