Project work

The project work undertaken by the Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association focuses on three topics, which impact on the aquatic environment and the recreational use of the waters, and increase awareness of environmental issues for those travelling in and around our waterways.

  • Marine and freshwater littering
  • Eutrophication
  • Chemicals

All of these topics also involve monitoring work. The Association participates in the national monitoring of Finland’s waterways, both within its operating regions and in its planning and development work.

We are involved in implementing report and research projects intended to reduce and prevent the littering of waterways, to find its causes and sources, and to increase knowledge on the topics.

We endeavour to tackle the problems caused by eutrophication by contributing to projects that focus on issues related to the use of dry toilets and septic tanks.

The chemicalisation of the waterways is another threat and challenge for our aquatic ecosystems and the recreational use thereof. We participate in undertakings that focus on the impact of chemicals introduced through human use of the waterways, such as through the use of antifouling paints.

Within research projects, our activities include implementation and information distribution. We coordinate and realise reporting and follow-up work, primarily with the help of external funding.

Supporting the basic activities of the Association and reducing the load on our waterways

The aim of our project work is to generate permanent changes and further promote an environmentally-friendly way of utilising and enjoying our waterways, to maintain a clean environment accessible to all those interested in aquatic-related recreation, to increase awareness and knowledge, and to reduce environmental impacts in the waterways.

Our project work supports broadly the work of the Association by providing those utilising the waterways with up-to-date information, and by facilitating the introduction of new operational models and methods to the basic activities of the Association.