The Tallinn City Government will file a proposal with the City Council suggesting participation in the EU project ‘Urban Eco Islands’.
The main objective of the project is to develop two new island
destinations within the urban area of the Tallinn-Helsinki twin
city - Aegna in Tallinn and Vasikkasaari in Helsinki - and
hence create popular destinations for smart and sustainable
ecotourism. The idea is to increase the number of tourists
whilst avoiding damage to the natural environment.
“EU funding allows modernising the living conditions and
recreational facilities on Aegna Island, including the local
waste management system,” noted Central District Elder Vladimir
Svet. “We hope to kick off the project this autumn after the
end of the holiday season and carry out the majority of
renovation work next year. This way we can prevent potential
environmental problems and help address issues related to
garbage handling that cause concern among locals and visitors
alike. We intend to conduct a satisfaction survey among
visitors to find out what the tourists would like to see and
experience on the island. The district authorities are looking
to develop the island whilst retaining its natural
characteristics so as to make it a more attractive recreational
The project should be completed by 31 March 2021. Tallinn will
participate in the project as a regular partner with the
Central District Government appointed as the project
The project includes constructing a waste handling station on
Aegna and improving tourism infrastructure like signs,
information boards, and boardwalks where necessary to protect
the fragile natural environment. The project aims to deliver a
new tourism concept for attractive and smart urban islands and
common, interrelated destinations within the twin city.
The leading partner is the Helsinki Environmental Authority
whereas regular partners include the Stockholm Environment
Institute Tallinn Centre, Forum Virum Helsinki and the Tallinn
Central District Government.
The project budget totals 1,093,705 euros with the City of
Tallinn contributing 215,020 euros (whereof 182,767 euros is
foreign aid and the city’s own contribution is 32,253 euros).