In 2009-2010 new regulations were introduced in Sweden regarding shoreland protection and management.

One of the aims of the new regulations was to simplify procedures for appropriate development in waterside areas to supply housing and rural economic development which do not significantly impact on the natural and recreational values of these areas.

The Commission was established as differences in the interpretation and application of the new shoreland regulations have arisen in different parts of the country and between different local authorities.

As a result appropriate development in some waterside areas (which are extensive in Sweden) has, in some cases, become more problematic, conflicting with the original purpose of the new regulations.

Our task, therefore, is to support, inform and coordinate efforts to improve the proper application of shoreland protection regulations.

The Shoreland Commission therefore provides a national forum for the exchange of experience and best practice, and for dialogue and cooperation on the implementation of shoreland protection and management rules.

We aim to help strengthen the awareness, know-how and skills of all those concerned with shore land protection, as well as all those with an interest in the regulations and issues involved.

The aim is to harmonize and mainstream the work of shore land protection and management, to contribute to economic growth and the supply of suitable housing throughout the country and, by extension, safeguard the legitimacy of the regulatory framework.

The information and knowledge we help supply and coordinate is available for municipalities, county councils and other public authorities, such as those responsible for regional economic growth initiatives, as well as to other organizations, businesses and the public.

The mandate runs to December 2015.