Coastal People-Coastal Life: Using Local Empowerment for Transmission Into Smart Development


The Kvarken Archipelago is the only Finnish natural heritage on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It forms a transboundary World Natural Heritage site together with the High Coast in Sweden. It’s considered the best place worldwide to witness the phenomenon of land uplift due to its rapid rate. Unique traces, or glacial depositional landforms, of the ice age, can also be observed in the Kvarken archipelago, as De Geer-moraines and Ribbed-moraines. These landforms add to the variety of the landscape in the region.

Rural Heritage

Joining the RURITAGE project would help the area to shift from conventional approaches of interaction with local communities to a more sustainable and smart level. Also, it would encourage the site to join the broader networks, learn more and exchange experiences with other actors especially in the work with the local communities and the work with sustainable tourism.