Finland’s maritime spatial plans were completed in 2020. The conservation objectives for marine protected areas were taken into account in the plans. In addition, information on ecologically significant marine underwater areas in Finland (EMMA) was produced and compiled under the VELMU programme for the needs of marine spatial planning and other experts in the field.
The national implementation of the Directive of maritime spatial plan acknowledges the objectives of environmental protection in the marine areas.
The objectives of establishing protected areas must also be considered during the use and operation of marine areas outside the protected area, so that the operations outside the protected areas do not have an adverse effect on the protected area and its conservation objectives.
– The VELMU programme will be continued after 2015 to provide a basis for maritime spatial planning with more precise and comprehensive information about underwater diversity.
– The conservation objectives of protected areas, species and habitats as well as their occurrence are acknowledged when drawing up plans for marine environment.
Ministry of the Environment