Kotka National Urban Park receives honourable mention in European landscape project competition

Press release 2019-10-23 at 9:51
Riverside Park. © City of Kotka.

Ministry of the Environment, City of Kotka and Finnish Environment Institute report

The Kotka National Urban Park was given an honourable mention in the Council of Europe's Landscape Award competition. The urban park is a magnificent combination of parks, waterways and the finest architectural monuments in Kotka.

The Landscape Award is part of the European Landscape Convention promoting landscape management, protection and design. The honourable mention is a recognition of exemplary measures in the promotion of landscape management.

“The Kotka National Urban Park is a unique entity made up of seaside landscapes, riverbanks, green spaces and built heritage. It is wonderful that the city’s work and commitment to landscape management, and the concept of national urban parks more generally, have been recognised internationally,” says Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen.

“The honourable mention proves the merits of the Kotka National Urban Park, which covers a large part of the city. Now, at the very latest, Finland’s national urban park concept will be recognised more broadly. It could be introduced in every European country essentially in its present form,” says Heikki Laaksonen, Head of the Parks and Grounds Department at the City of Kotka.

The Kotka National Urban Park was Finland’s candidate in the Council of Europe's Landscape Award competition because it was selected as Finland's best landscape project in 2018. The Ministry of the Environment seeks out the best landscape project in Finland every two years.

Council of Europe's Landscape Prize for this year goes to Switzerland

This year, the Council of Europe's Landscape Award was presented to the Swiss project, which restored the landscape of the Aire River. In addition to the Landscape Award, honourable mentions were given to four projects, one of which was the Kotka National Urban Park. All in all, 23 projects from around Europe participated in the competition.

The Council of Europe will present its next Landscape Award in 2021.

The European Landscape Convention has been ratified by 39 countries and has been in force in Finland since 2006.

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Heikki Laaksonen, Head of the Parks and Grounds Department, City of Kotka, tel. +358 44 702 4773, heikki.laaksonen@kotka.fi

Tapio Heikkilä, Senior Environmental Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 295 250 166, tapio.heikkila@ym.fi

Annika Uddström, Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute, tel. +358 295 251 715, annika.uddstrom@ymparisto.fi

Antti Heikkinen, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 348 1406, antti.heikkinen@ym.fi