OUR FINNISH NATIONAL TREASURE, THE GLOBALLY UNIQUE ARCHIPELAGO SEA
The Archipelago Sea is a unique natural formation, even on a global scale. The 2,000-million-year-old bedrock, its 41,000 named islands, Finland’s highest biodiversity and changing seasons make it a natural entity unlike anything else in the world.
The Archipelago Sea is Finland’s most important natural equity. It is a weaving of naturescapes and landscape tradition brought about by centuries of human influence. The Archipelago Sea is paradise for boaters, cottagers and travellers alike. In addition to islanders, ferries transport summer dwellers and visitors. The Archipelago Sea is a world-class travel route, where modern passenger ships transport almost 5 million passengers each year.
THE ARCHIPELAGO SEA IS ILL. IT MUST BE SAVED FOR COMING GENERATIONS.
People have had a strong influence on the archipelago and its nature since the islands began rising from the sea after the latest ice age. Nutrient washes have had a dramatic impact on marine nature.
Although the majority of emission sources have been tamed, the influence of agriculture upholds a high level of nutrients in the water. The Baltic Sea – and the Archipelago Sea as part of it – is ill. The blooming of blue-green algae in the midsummer is the most visible part of the problem, something the entire ecosystem of the sea is suffering from. The future health of the sea is in our hands.
In March 2019, the Finnish Ministry of Environment has launched a programme to increase the protection of Finnish waters. Based on this, on March 11th 2019, 20 million euros were assigned to the purification of the waters of the Archipelago Sea for the next three years.
OPERATION ARCHIPELAGO SEA 2019–2023. AIMING TO INCREASE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT, RESPECT FOR AND THE CLEANLINESS OF THE ARCHIPELAGO SEA.
The Centrum Balticum Foundation / Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea has decided to launch the Unique Archipelago Sea communications and marketing operation in cooperation with Veijonen Consulting Ltd. Veijonen Consulting Ltd. is entirely responsible for the operation and its implementation. The operation is led by Kari Veijonen and Jaakko Ruola.
We invite all individuals, companies and communities to join us in the 5-year-long Operation Archipelago Sea, which aims to give future generations a respected and clean Archipelago Sea.
Greetings from the Archipelago Sea
Live stream is provided by the University of Turku & Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The webcam is supported by the Finnish Foundation for Nature Conservation’s Baltic Sea Fund.
First Glance of the Archipelago Sea