Accessibility statement

Created on 31/10/2019
Last checked on 8/11/2019

This statement concerns the website Shared Waters (, maintained by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE.

The EU Web Accessibility Directive (2016/2102) and the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services (306/2019) apply to this website. The purpose of this legislation is to promote equality in a digital society and to achieve a more uniform set of accessibility requirements. Efforts are being taken to meet the accessibility requirements, and SYKE aims to guarantee the accessibility of its website.

Current accessibility

We have reviewed the website to verify whether it meets the level AA accessibility requirements of WCAG 2.1. The website meets the accessibility requirements partially.

The following functions are not accessible, because the accessibility legislation does not apply to them:

  • third-party content not funded or developed by SYKE

Some of the website’s functions cannot be made to conform to the accessibility requirements without significant changes and costs. As disabled people rarely need to use these functions and because SYKE’s resources are limited, we have concluded that conforming to the accessibility requirements would currently impose a disproportionate burden on SYKE. Therefore, we are temporarily applying an exception, based on Article 5 of the Web Accessibility Directive on disproportionate burden, to the following functions:

  • colour contrasts
  • PDFs and Word files

In the future, we will pay more attention to these problem areas. When adding new content to our website, our aim will be to make this content accessible.

If you would like to access information or a service that is currently not accessible in an alternate way, please send us email at

Contact information and feedback on the website’s accessibility

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki
Tel. +358 (0)295 252 001

At SYKE, accessibility issues and feedback are mainly handled by the administration and communications services. You have the right to give us feedback on our website’s accessibility. We will be extremely grateful for all comments, questions and improvement suggestions, because we want to make our services as accessible as possible. You can contact us regarding accessibility at

You also have the right to request a clarification regarding our website’s accessibility or lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority if our response has been unsatisfactory. You can find more information and the instructions on the supervisory authority’s website at
Published 2019-11-11 at 11:52, updated 2019-11-11 at 10:42

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