Marine Strategy at the Ministry of the Environment

 

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The aim of marine strategy is to achieve a good state of the Baltic Sea by 2020. The Finnish marine strategy covers Finland’s territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone. The Åland Islands will draft its own plan, which will comply with the Finnish marine strategy.

The Ministry of the Environment has prepared the national marine strategy in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Marine strategy is planned in parallel with the water resources management of lakes, rivers and groundwater. The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) are responsible for the cooperation on the marine strategies and the drafting of these strategies in their own regions. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Southwest Finland coordinates the planning that is carried out by the ELY Centres, other authorities and institutions.

Duties concerning the marine strategy are divided between the Finnish Environment Institute and several other authorities, institutions or units operating under or managed by the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. They produce, compile and distribute information on the Baltic Sea and implement the marine strategy.

The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for international cooperation related to the preparation of the marine strategy. Finland collaborates with Estonia and Sweden to ensure that marine strategy is consistent within the shared sea areas, i.e. the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Bothnia. The cooperation concerning the entire Baltic Sea takes place within the framework of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM).

 

Legislation provides the framework for marine strategy

Act on the Management of Water Resources and the Marine Environment 1299/2004 (in Finnish)

Government Decree on the Management of the Marine Environment  980/2011 (in Finnish)

European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC

 

Further information

Maria Laamanen, Councellor,  tel. +358 295 250 359, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Published 2015-01-27 at 13:47, updated 2016-06-29 at 16:33