The operating area of Sepra, situated in Southern Kymenlaakso includes Pyhtaa, Miehikkälä and Virolahti municipalities and towns of Hamina and Kotka.
Sepra area is located near the Russian border, in the middle of the natural environment with sea and islands. The region is an important hub for logistics and related know-how with Finland’s biggest commercial harbour HaminaKotka. The E18 highway from Turku passes through the region reaching the Russian border in Vaalimaa. Main fields of livelyhoods in Sepra municipalities are
Fisheries is severly declining in the region, but Sepra works a lot to maintain the industry and improve it.
Even if forestry industry has heavily declined last decades, the most signifcant cluster is still situated in Kymenlaakso.
New forms of utilizing forests are beginning gradually to appear:
Bioenergy – using also farming, Fishery and Community waste as raw materials
Green care – offering huge possibilities due to Everyman’s rights to use forests for berry and mushroom picking etc.
Tourism – with two national parks, one in the mainland and on in the archipelago
The closest cooperation regions for Sepra area (with some 90.000 inhabitants) are St. Petersburg & Leningrad regions in Russia and North-Eastern Estonia.
Activities are seen focusing on the following topics: