Factsheet: Environment agenda for Central Finland 2015

Environment agenda for Central Finland 2015

Key Information
Environment agenda 2015 for central Finland is a part of regional development. The agenda visualizes the development of the region from environmental protection point of view. The overall aim of this agenda is to show directions towards more sustainable development of the region and to encourage the stakeholders to act.
The program identifies the stakeholders and provides information towards more sustainable future. The themes for this are - Functional and attractive land use as a base for sustainable and low carbon transport. This section covers transport and land use planning. The aim is an attractive, diverse and multi-centered region. - Land use planning as a proactive tool for climate change adaptation. The main objective is the adaptation to floods and heavy rains – including the possibilities of the infrastructure to handle the run-off waters. - Energy efficient housing. The aim is to build areas in an energy efficient manner, but the focus is also on residents; their knowhow and behavioral changes. - Sustainable transport. The aim is to decrease in the use of private cars and guarantee smooth and attractive public transport also in rural areas. High-quality pedestrian and bicycle paths throughout the year. - Energy production is taking into account the climate change. This includes energy efficiency, minimization of the emissions from energy, share of renewable energy is more than 38% of total consumption, forest biomass and agrobiomass is utilized, biogas from landfills. - Decrease in the amount of wastes, increase in material efficiency. The aim is to decrease the total amount of wastes, maximum 20 % of domestic wastes are in landfills. - Increase in water security. Water supply system in both cities and rural areas is appropriate. Wastewater treatment plants are in good conditions and their capacity is appropriate. - Lake water quality is improved. Surface water quality is good, both in environmental and chemical parameters. The quality and amount of groundwater is good. Nutrient flows (nitrogen and phosphorus) are decreased. - Tourism is sustainable. This includes the transportation, accommodation and activities. - The rate of biodiversity loss is reduced. Network of nature protection areas is developed and the maintenance of these areas is better. The invasive alien plant species are hindered. The knowledge related to nature values and the areas with specific nature values is covering the whole region. - Land use planning enables diverse nature in the region. This includes also important areas for local culture and heritage. - High quality and multidisciplinary research and development supports the development of a successful and responsible region.