Good status of marine waters

The aim of the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008) is to achieve a good ecological status of marine waters by 2020. Maritime spatial planning contributes to the implementation of Finland’s marine strategy, which presents a plan for the protection, conservation and improvement of the marine environment and marine ecosystems to ensure the good status of marine waters by 2020.

The central target of maritime spatial planning is to increase sustainability in the use of marine resources. In practice, this means safeguarding the diversity of the marine environment and ensuring the carrying capacity of ecosystems. A clean sea and healthy ecosystems produce nutrition and provide the foundation for blue business and recreation through other ecosystem services.

Maritime spatial planning ensures that the good status of marine waters is compatible with blue growth goals.

The marine strategy includes three steps:
  1. An initial assessment of the state of the marine environment, definitions of good environmental status, and environmental targets and indicators
  2. Monitoring programme of the marine strategy
  3. Programme of measures of the Finnish marine strategy 2016 – 2021

More information about the marine strategy is available on Finland’s environmental administration and Ministry of the Environment websites: