Lystra - awareness and activities in the World Natural Heritage Site High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago

In the Lystra project Sweden and Finland will jointly further develop the World Heritage Site High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago to enhance the sites accessibility and attractiveness for inhabitants, entrepreneurs and visitors. The aim is to get more visitors without jeopardizing sustainable development, enhance the understanding of the World Heritage Value and to produce a high-class knowledge-basis for an efficient management.

Project owner and coordinating beneficiary is Parks & Wildlife Finland. Other beneficiaries are the Geological Survey (later GTK), Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (later FGI) and the City of Vasa in Finland, as well as the County of Västernorrland and the Geological Survey in Sweden (later SGU). Finnish co-financing partners are the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Association of the World Heritage Site Kvarken Archipelago and Visit Vaasa. Swedish co-financing partners are Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the municipalities of Kramfors and Örnsköldsvik. The total budget of the project is 1,38 million €. The project runs for three years, 1.1.2018-31.12.2020.

One of the project's delivers is an interpretation plan, that will give guidelines for conveying knowledgeabout the World Heritage Value (= Outstanding Universal Value) of the joint World Heritage Site to different target groups. The characteristics of different nature attractions and sustainable development will be considered in the plan. Practical testing of the plan's functionality will be conducted on a couple of nature attraction sites in both countries.

Expert organizations SGU, GTK and FGI will use the latest scientific findings, laser scanning's and field observations for updating the knowledge basis of the World Heritage Site. These organizations will also contribute with know-how in the production of digital information products. The project will deliver a digital interactive map presenting the World Heritage Sites geological values and nature attractions. This map will be available on the World Heritage Sites homepages on internet. A common portal will be done to connect www.kvarken.fi and www.varldsarvethogakusten.se.

Existing information material, publications and pedagogic material for schools will be systemized and digitally available on internet. The Lystra project's results will be spread to entrepreneurs, teachers, guides, staff on libraries and officials by arranging lectures and discussion events.