The aim of the Sustainable Gateways project is to develop seven existing small boat ports in coastal national parks in Finland and in nature reserves in Sweden. The project focuses on improving the infrastructure of the ports and on developing services together with port operators. Environmental sustainability is emphasised in all aspects of the project.
Infrastructure of the ports is developed i.a. through expansion of the existing harbours through e.g. adding more piers and through construction and renovation of buildings serving the visitors. The aim is to focus all services in the small ports and guiding visitors to use these services in order to strengthen ecological sustainability of the areas. the project is carried out from 2018 to 2020.
Funding and project partners
The total project budget is EUR 1,730,631. The project is funded by the European Union Interreg Central Baltic Programme with EUR 1,297,973 and by the partner organisations’ own funding that amounts to EUR 432,658. The budget of Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland is EUR 976,917 of which EUR 732,866 is from the Interreg Central Baltic Programme. The Regional Council of Southwest Finland funds EUR 188,340 of the Finnish partners’ own funding.
Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland is the Lead Partner in the project. The other project partners are the Stockholm Archipelago Foundation in Sweden (Skärgårdsstiftelsen) and the University of Turku in Finland.
The small ports of four islands in Finland and three in Sweden are participating in the project. The Finnish islands are located in the Bothnian Sea, Archipelago and Ekenäs Archipelago National Parks. The project area in Sweden is the Stockholm Archipelago.
Katanpää, Lypyrtti Fortress Island
The former Katanpää fortress on the Lypyrtti Island is the southernmost destination in the Bothnian Sea National Park. In the project, among other things, the harbour is expanded, and a new service building is constructed in the harbour area.
Bodö is an atmospheric destination in the middle of the Archipelago National Park. In the project, among other things, the harbour is expanded, and a new service building is constructed in the harbour area.
Örö Fortress Island
The Örö Island was a closed military area for a hundred years. Now that the island is part of the Archipelago National Park, its interesting history and diverse nature are open to all. In the project, among other things, the harbour is expanded, and a new harbour reception building is constructed in the harbour area.
Jussarö in the Ekenäs Archipelago National Park is a mixture of wild archipelago nature and traces of humans left by livelihoods practised on the island in various eras. In the project, among other things, the harbour is expanded, and improvements are made to freshwater supply.
The Grinda guest harbour has room for 100 boats, out of which 15 places can be booked in advance. Mooring is done using a buoy anchor or mooring line. Guests have access to electricity, shower and toilet facilities, as well as garbage and septic tank discharging stations. In the project, among other things, a sewage treatment plant is constructed.
Utö guest harbour in the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago can accommodate 250 boats. The harbour facilities include garbage and septic tank discharging stations, electricity and a service building with shower, sauna and toilet facilities, as well as a laundry room. In the project, among other things, an existing service building is renovated in order to improve the services.
Nåttarö guest harbour in the southernmost part of the Stockholm archipelago is connected to the restaurant and the service building. Here you can also find a shop and a kiosk. There is room for 40 boats at the new jetties and guests have access to shower, sauna and toilet facilities, as well as garbage and septic tank discharging stations. In the project, among other things, a new service building is constructed, and the harbour is expanded.
Sanna-Kaisa Juvonen, Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland
Pia Berg, Stockholm Archipelago Foundation
Veijo Pönni, University of Turku