Realising the Vision
The Everyone Can Flourish in a Viable Society on the Islands of Peace idea is a picture of the best Åland imaginable, and hence timeless. To support our common strive towards the vision, seven strategic development goals to be fulfilled before 2030 have been defined. Accomplishing these development goals is a significant step towards realising the vision.
These are our Seven Development Goals
Goal 1: Happy people whose inherent resources increase
To flourish is about something deeper than material well-being and that everything should always be fun. Åland society has the conditions that allow people to feel happy and to thrive.
Goal 2: Everyone feels trust and has real possibilities to participate in society
No lasting progress can be achieved in an environment dominated by conflict and violence. Well-founded trust and peaceful relations between people form the basis for long-term viability.
Goal 3: All water is of good quality
Water is a fundamental condition for all life on this planet. In Åland there is a broad consensus on the importance of a healthy Baltic Sea, including all of its bays, deep basins and surface waters, as well as access to clean lakes for drinking water.
Goal 4: Ecosystems in balance and biological diversity
Biological diversity is a crucial foundation for the Earth’s life-supporting systems and our present and future welfare rests on this foundation. Biological diversity contributes to increased resilience in ecosystems.
Goal 5: Attractive for residents, visitors, and businesses
Attractiveness requires forward progress. Another requirement is the use of the word “we” in a welcoming way: it is a “we” that is for everyone who wishes to live and work in Åland, and it is a “we” that opens the doors to the world. A high degree of attractiveness leads to viability.
Goal 6: Significantly higher proportion of energy from renewable sources, plus increased energy efficiency
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Due to the emission of greenhouse gases we face the risk of a global warming that exceeds two degrees Celsius, which would have serious consequences for ecosystems, acidification of seawater, human security, food production, access to water, health and an increased risk of weather-related catastrophes. A large part of the increased emission of greenhouse gases comes from the use of fossil fuels.
Goal 7: Sustainable and mindful patterns of consumption and production
Sustainable and mindful patterns of consumption and production is a lateral concept, which contributes to the achievement of all six of the other strategic development goals. Consumption here includes both goods and services consumed by private individuals, the public sector, businesses, and other organizations.