Trekking in the Kvarken World Heritage site. Photo: Tuija Waren.

In the Botnia-Atlantica project Lystra Sweden and Finland will jointly further develop the World Heritage Site High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago to enhance the sites accessibility and attractiveness for inhabitants, entrepreneurs and visitors. The aim is to get more visitors without jeopardizing sustainable development, enhance the understanding of the World Heritage Value and to produce a high-class knowledge-basis for an efficient management.

Expert organizations SGU (Swedish Geological Survey), GTK (Geological Survey of Finland) and FGI (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute) will use the latest scientific findings, laser scanning’s and field observations for updating the knowledge basis of the World Heritage Site. Field investigations will take place during the summer of 2018.

The total budget of the project is 1.38 million € and it is financed to 60% by the European Regional Development Fund. The project runs for three years, 1.1.2018–31.12.2020.

Project owner: Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland

Beneficiaries: Geological Survey of Finland GTK, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI, The City of Vaasa, County Administration Board of Västernorrland, the Geological Survey in Sweden

Co-financing partners: the municipalities of Kramfors and Örnsköldsvik, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Association of the World Heritage Site Kvarken Archipelago and Visit Vaasa.

Further information:

World Heritage Coordinator Malin Henriksson, Parks & Wildlife Finland, tel. +358 40 193 5775;

Last updated 21 September 2021