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Enhancing the marine and coastal biodiversity of the Baltic Sea in Finland and promoting the sustainable use of marine resources

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Contact Person(s):

Sanni Turunen: sanni.turunen [at]

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LIFE Integrated Projects 2020


11 929 211 €

About the Project:

Biodiversea LIFE-IP is Finland’s largest collaborative project on safeguarding biodiversity in the Baltic Sea. The project enhances the protection of marine nature and promotes sustainable use of natural resources in the marine and coastal areas of Finland.

The goal of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy is to protect 30 per cent of Europe’s marine areas by 2030. The project examines how this goal can be achieved in Finnish sea areas as efficiently as possible while ensuring social sustainability.

The project is developing practical measures to support the conservation and sustainable use of the marine environment. Among other things, the project maps marine areas to identify their natural values, monitors the development of the status of the areas already surveyed, creates a more functional network of protected areas, prepares a comprehensive restoration plan for the entire Finnish coast and implements restorations.

The project will also study the impact of humans on marine nature, develop sustainable nature tourism and provide information on the significance of marine nature and its conservation.

Project partners : 

  • Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland (project coordinator)
  • Ministry of the Environment of Finland
  • Finnish Environment Institute
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • Provincial Government of Åland
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Åbo Akademi University
  • Geological Survey of Finland
  • Baltic Sea Action Group