The first maritime spatial plan of Åland entered into force on March 22nd, 2021, and has been developed in accordance with the Water Act of the Åland Islands and with the EU directive on maritime spatial planning. The maritime spatial plan shall be updated at least every six years.
The purpose of the maritime spatial plan is to map the current uses of the sea and to make suggestions regarding future activities and the sustainable use of resources. The maritime spatial plan of Åland shall further the sustainable use of water areas while allowing for development growth. The maritime spatial plan shall also contribute to good water quality and good environmental status.
The maritime spatial plans include areas marked for cultural heritage, potential offshore wind, seafaring, conservation areas, valuable natural, cultural and environmental sites as well as potential areas for aquaculture.
The administrative boundaries for the maritime spatial plan are privately owned waters, coastal waters and the regional boundaries of Åland.