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Cultural Harbour and sustainable development


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Kotka on the south coast of Finland is fighting the recession and a structural change in economy by putting emphasis on culture and sustainable development. For decades, the economy of Kotka has relied on seafaring, the port and heavy industries, but now Kotka is seeking new driving forces by converting the old City Port situated in the heart of the city into a Cultural Harbour and by contributing to the control of climate change.

"I hope that the United Nations' Climate Change Conference arranged in Copenhagen before Christmas will reach an agreement on global emissions restrictions which will carry significance also here at the local level," says Henry Lindelöf, Mayor of Kotka.
According to Lindelöf, Kotka is seeking a position between the East and West by creating a new attraction for Kotka at the City Port together with its partners Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company Cursor and two major construction companies, Skanska and SRV Group.

"The City of Kotka recently acquired this land area of some 20 hectares, where Kotka with partners will construct a centre which uses culture as the impetus for future urban development. Henry Lindelöf is particularly happy by the fact that Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, is also involved in the project.
It is planned to make this area a similar carbon-neutral zone as Jätkäsaari in Helsinki. Sitra has also been developing that project by acquiring information from international experts in countries such as Germany, USA and Great Britain. Sitra is contributing to the idea crucially.

sustainable development
urban development

Objectives of the Good Practice

to fight the recession and a structural change in economy by putting emphasis on culture and sustainable development

Participants of the Good Practice

Local authorities
partner organizations of Kotka

More Details of the Good Practice

Available files

Contact details

Mr Kari Makkonen
E-mail: kari.makkonen@kotka.fi

Data sources and references

Baltic Cities Bulletin 2/2009