Maritime Spatial Plan(s)
The first Finnish maritime spatial plan was approved in December 2020.
The MSP was prepared in three parts covering both territorial waters and the EEZ.
- The Northern Bothnian Sea, Quark and Bothnian Bay drafted by the Regional Councils of Lapland, Oulu region, Central Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia.
- The Archipelago sea and Southern Bothnian Sea drafted by the Regional Councils of Satakunta and Southwest Finland.
- The Gulf of Finland drafted by the Regional Councils of Helsinki-Uusimaa and Kymenlaakso.
The autonomous territory of Åland Island has special status for planning its territorial waters. An MSP Plan for the Åland Island is developed according to its own maritime spatial planning legislation.
The Maritime Spatial Planning Directive was transposed into Finnish law in 2016. MSP regulations are covered by the Land Use and Building Act, which is the most important act to steer land-use, spatial planning and construction. Nonetheless, maritime spatial planning is not part of the land-use planning system or land use plan hierarchy of Finland. Maritime spatial plans are strategic and general, non-binding plans that have indirect steering impacts.
The MSP of Åland Island was developed according to a seperate planning legislation - regulation iin chapter 5. 24a and 24b from the Water Act (1996:61).
National MSP authority
Finland's competent authority for MSP is the Finnish Ministry of the Environment
Department of the Built Environment
P.O. Box 35, FI-00023 Government, Finland
Phone: +358 29 5250296
tiina.tihlmanym.fi (Tiina Tihlman): Ministerial Adviser