Maritime spatial planning

Maritime spatial planning promotes sustainable development and growth for different marine uses, the sustainable use of natural resources, and achievement of the good status of the marine environment.

Finland’s eight coastal regions will develop three maritime spatial plans by the end of March 2021. The Åland Islands will compile its own plan.

The plans will be produced in cooperation with stakeholders. You can register with the maritime spatial planning cooperation network here (in Finnish).

Maritime spatial planning involves coordinating the needs of different industries. Planning will focus particularly on the following sectors: energy, maritime transport, fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, recreational use, and conservation, protection and improvement of the environment and nature. There will also be an emphasis on national security needs, the characteristics of the marine area and interaction between the land and sea. Other themes, such as cultural heritage, the mining industry, blue biotechnology or maritime industry can also be addressed.

Maritime spatial planning cooperation is guided by a coordination group that includes representatives of the coastal regional councils and the Ministry of the Environment. The Regional Council of Southwest Finland has coordination responsibility.

Maritime spatial planning is regulated in the Land Use and Building Act (in Finnish).

Image: Finland’s eight coastal regions will develop three maritime spatial plans. The Åland Islands will also compile a separate plan.