Creating spatial population prediction scenarios in urban-rural context in the region of Kymenlaakso

This pilot/study case will take place in the region of Kymenlaakso (Finland).

Description of the area

Kymenlaakso is a region by the Baltic Sea in south-east Finland next to Russia, near St. Petersburg. The TEN-T E18 motorway from Turku to St. Petersburg goes through the region. Kymenlaakso has a rich industrial history including forestry and paper industry. The harbour of Kotka is of great importance to the region. However, the region suffers from loss of competitiveness. Kymenlaakso has 180,000 inhabitants. The population growth is negative, and the population is ageing. The tourist potential is high because of its location in the neighbourhood of Russia. Also the nature attractions, like fascinating archipelago and lake areas, are a potential resource for the region.

The mobility challenges

Most of the Finnish regions face population decline and so does Kymenlaakso. The Regional Council of Kymenlaakso is trying to find ways to get the most out of the possibilities the area offers. One key target is the development of low-carbon transport, also in rural areas.

The pilot case

SYKE (the Finnish Environmental Institute), one of MARA’s partners, will cooperate with the Regional Council of Kymenlaakso in creating spatial population-prediction scenarios in an urban-rural context. SYKE’s population modelling tools support the regional planning and development strategies and actions. SYKE will also create a regional transport model, which will produce guidelines for policy options to decrease transport emissions.

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Title picture credit: Village road in Tammio. By Tapio Heikkilä, the Picture Bank of Environmental Administration Finland (c.)