We Make Transition!
The project We Make Transition! aims to strengthen the resilience of the society especially by supporting the cooperation between the civil society and the public sector in the transition towards an ecologically and socially sustainable future. A working method called transition arena is being utilised in the project, with the help of which different needs are being identified concerning the transition in the Baltic Sea region and on a local level. The transition arena also offers a platform for supporting innovations and co-development as well as testing community initiatives.
The duration of the project with a budget of 3,2 million euros is three years (2023–2025) and it is funded through the Baltic Sea Region Interreg program. The partners in the project are: The Baltic Institute of Finland (main partner); The Council of Tampere Region; Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council; The Regional Council of Southwest Finland; Green Tiger, Estonia; Foundation for Science and Liberal Arts Domus Dorpatensis, Estonia; Social Innovation Centre, Latvia; Vidzeme Planning Region, Latvia; Baltic Institute of European and Regional Affairs (Biser), Poland; Gdynia municipality, Poland; Trondelag County Authority, Norway; and University of Bremen, Institute Labour and Economy, Germany.
The Regional Council of Southwest Finland carries out the local pilot projects of the transition arena in Kimitoön and Uusikaupunki, which are the associate members of the project along with Varsinais-Suomen Kylät Association.
The BalticSea2Land project supports the regional implementation of maritime spatial plans and the coastal strategy. In the project, regional case studies are being carried out in all the maritime spatial planning areas in Finland. With the help of the case studies, the aim is to bring together the authorities within maritime spatial planning and marine and water management, and also the maritime experts and entrepreneurs. At the same time, practical operational models are being created for the regional implementation of the maritime spatial plans and the coastal strategy.
The partners of the project are national, regional and local representatives from the Baltic countries. The project leader is Latvia’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (MoEPRD) and the other partner countries in addition to Finland are Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. VASAB (Vision and Strategies Around the Baltic Sea) and Helsinki Commission along with Finland’s Ministry of Environment, the Regional Council of Kymenlaakso, the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, the Council of Oulu Region and the Regional Council of Lapland participate in the project as observing members.
Partnerships for Regional Innovation
Southwest Finland is excited to be part of the Partnerships for Regional Innovation (PRI) pilot 2022–2023 together with Region Västerbotten from Sweden, and the Baltic Sea Region S3 Directors’ Network. This is a new approach to place-based innovation policy which builds on positive experiences with smart specialisation strategies.
New Location Innovation Hub
The new Location Innovation Hub (LIH) supports companies and society in utilisation of geographic information especially in the areas of built environment, bioeconomy, traffic, and wellbeing. The hub consists of National Land Survey of Finland along with 27 partners and 20 other cooperation partners. Its mission is to enhance the use of geographic information, that is, data connected to geographic locations, in different services, new business and technology, and in this way create new benefits for the society.
Lounaistieto, the joint information service for Southwest Finland and Satakunta, participates in the Location Innovation Hub as a local partner and coordinates the activities in the work package of communication and education. This includes the coordination of local events and promoting the network cooperation. From Southwest Finland, also the University of Turku is participating.
The partner of the MSP-GREEN (Maritime Spatial Planning as an enabler of the European Green Deal) project in Finland is the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, which is responsible for the coordination of the cooperation in maritime spatial planning and represents all the coastal Regional Councils in the country. The project will last two years and has a total budget of nearly 2,8 million euros.
The leader of the project is Consorzio per il coordinamento delle ricerche inerenti al sistema lagunare di Venezia (CORILA) from Italy, and other partner countries along with Finland are Spain, France, Bulgaria, Denmark, and Latvia. Germany, VASAB and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment participate in the project as monitoring members. All the marine areas within European union are represented in the project, which for the first time enables a broad cooperation between marine areas in maritime spatial planning.
The project supports the information needs during the second planning round of the maritime spatial planning, especially regarding the European Green Deal; how the climate change and the adaptation to it are taken into account in the maritime spatial planning, and how to support the sustainable food and energy production.
The main objective of the SCALE-UP project is to develop data-based and user-oriented strategies to speed up intelligent, clean and inclusive mobility in regional traffic hubs. Accordingly, the core of the work done by the Regional Council of Southwest Finland and Valonia is to creat an organisational structure model that enables the development of sustainable mobility in the whole of Southwest Finland. In particular, the purpose is to promote the development of regional train service in the region.
The project is led by the city of Antwerp, and the two other main partners are the cities of Madrid and Turku. The part of the project that focuses on Turku will be carried out by the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Vinka Oy.