Saimaa WaterwaysSavonlinna Region Federation of Municipalities
Savonlinna Region Federation of Municipalities Responsibleregionaldevelopment in the Savonlinna Region. Savonlinna region is centrallylocated in the Saimaa lake area. Access to waterways is an importantsuccessfactor for tourism and mechanicalwoodprocessing and bioenergyindustries. Interest in the development of the business potential and multifunctionaluses of the Saimaa waterways.
Project team in Savonlinna Juha Turtiainen, projectmanager Enterprise developmentmanagerSavonlinna Region Federation of Municipalities Harri H. Lallukka, Councellor Savonlinna Region Federation of Municipalities Pellervo Kokkonen, communicationsmanager Programmedirector, Savonlinna Innovation Centre Ltd.
LakeSaimaa Saimaa is Europe’s 4th largest lake Total waterarea of Saimaa is 4 400 km2 Total length of shoreline c. 14 850 km Number of islands is 13 710 Total area of watershed is 61 070 km2
Saimaa Region Network of interconnectedlakesstretching c. 300 km in SE and E Finland Connected to the BalticSea via Saimaa Canal and Vyborg (Russia) Volume of international commercialtraffic via Saimaa canal c. 2 mill. tons per annum. Internalcommercialtraffic c. 1 mill. tons; mainlybundlefloating of logs Developmentobjectives: updatingwaterwayspolicy to match new challenges; recreational and tourismuse, climatechange, bionenergylogistics. Goodpractice; recreationalboatingservicesystem as a public-privatepartnership
Objectives WF Waterways policy benchmarking study and stakeholder study Saimaa (Vuoksi watershed) waterways Policy recommendations white paper for Finnish inland waterways programme , transfer of knowledge Cross border waterways development workshop (Russian, EU partners) Development of Russian inland watersways vs. EU watersways